And say he would summon the Army to destroy Congress should it stop his war against drugs - By Raïssa Robles - Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte today claimed he was not joking when he talked about the rape-slay of 36-year-old Australian lay missionary Jaqueline Hamill in 1989 during a rally at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City last April 12.
You can also avail of free delivery anywhere in the Philippines reached by courier service - By Raïssa Robles - The iconic La Solidaridad book shop along Padre Faura, Manila, owned by National Artist F. Sionil Jose and his wife, is now carrying my book.
Can the Marcoses be charged in court using their dad's "anti-fencing" decree? - Analysis by Raïssa Robles - Don't be fooled by what the Marcoses are saying – that Imelda is “disappointed” and Imee is “surprised” that the unico hijo is only running for VP. That's the spin the first family of crime wants the public to believe. That Baby Marcos is not running for the presidency, but the spare tire position underneath.
Panoorin ang talumpati ni Grace Poe - Opinyon ni Raïssa Robles - Minabuti kong pumunta sa proklamasyon ni Senador Grace Poe kagabi upang magmasid. Siya na lang kasi ang hindi ko nakikita nang malapitan sa tatlong kakandidato ng pagkapangulo. Kasama ng ilang libong supporters, naghintay ako ng mahigit na tatlong oras upang marinig ang kanyang sasabihin. Eto ang ilang obserbasyon ko sa nangyari kagabi:
I'm posting a comment made by one of us on the bail of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. @canadadry has a right to be heard on this issue. It is what millions of Filipinos fought for in Edsa in 1986. - raissa By canadadry When majority of the Supreme Court Justices reverse a long standing just principle to simply accommodate an influential politician, a democratic nation claiming to have founded on the ideals of justice, equality and fairness for all leaves its existence open to question.
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.