By Raïssa Robles - Today, on the sixth death anniversary of Corazon Aquino, I am reposting two pieces I had written for my first blog shortly before and after her death in 2009. The first piece written after her burial is entitled "Noynoy, do the President's shoes fit or are they too big?" At the end of the piece I described the kind of President the nation needs. The second piece written after President Cory Aquino had pulled out Cory Aquino's personal security team even as she lay dying is entitled - "The real security threat to President Arroyo is a grandma." In it I point out the late president's lasting legacy to the nation.
My hubby Alan made this initial assessment for South China Morning Post (HK) on the eve of President Benigno Aquino's last State of the Nation Address (SONA). It's only initial because so much can still happen in his last year in office. Our thanks to Dr. Mahar Mangahas of Social Weather Stations who agreed to be interviewed even while he was busy abroad. And to Aurelio German, who was first interviewed when Aquino was running for office in 2010. Reli German lends a historical perspective.
by Raïssa Robles - Are you confused and even afraid of what's happening in Philippine politics right now? Well, think of it as political spring-cleaning. As if someone upended a drawer full of stuff and Filipinos are in the process of looking through, deciding what to throw, or keep and whatnot. Love it or hate it, President Benigno Aquino changed the rules of the political game. At no other time in our country’s history do you find so many top officials detained and undergoing trial for corruption. At the latest count, we have one president-turned-congresswoman, one ex-presidential spouse, three senators, one retired national police chief, one former Supreme Court chief Justice, one governor, and at least two congressmen, all undergoing trial for corruption.
True, there are a lot of perks that go with the job - a limousine with back-up security, a 24-7 kitchen, all you can eat, a gym, golf course and mini-hospital right in your backyard. Plus power that seems to attract and make you beautiful or handsome to many men and women. But face it. It's HARD to be President of the Republic of the Philippines.
By Raïssa Robles - Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines President Socrates Villegas issued this morning a statement following calls by two fellow bishops for President Benigno Aquino III to resign. Speaking for the CBCP, the church policy-making body consisting of all Philippine bishops, Monsignor Villegas said: "Before we have all the facts, however, the CBCP cannot morally join in the calls for his resignation, leaving this decision to his humble and prayerful discernment of his capacity to lead and the support he has not only from officials of government but from members of Philippine society."
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Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - On its own, the Catholic Church can greatly help reduce corruption and political dynasties by banning all elected officials from standing as "ninong" or "ninang" in weddings and baptisms of those not related to them up to the second degree. The ban can be lifted the moment the politician leaves office.
By Raïssa Robles - Vicente Paterno's autobiography minces no words about corruption, GMA etcetera I am honored to attend the launching of his autobiography tomorrow. And I urge you to read it. His former chief-of-staff Kathy Moran gave me an advanced glimpse of his memoirs published by Anvil.
By Raïssa Robles - When Jette Po-Major and her medical colleagues went to Samar last year to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan they were stunned by a realization. Most of the residents had never had any medical or dental treatment. "Meeting people who have never seen a doctor in their entire life is something incredible for us," Jette told me then as she narrated her experience in the aftermath of what we locally call Typhoon Yolanda.