By Raissa Robles - When I watched the coffins of the slain police commandos at the airport today, I felt very, very sad and pained that the Mindanao wars which started nearly half a century ago continues to this day. I also realized by looking at the feeds on the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter that those living outside Mindanao had little grasp of the violent history that has engulfed the island of Mindanao. The shocking sight of 44 dead bodies in neat rows today was probably one of the rare times that people in Manila have witnessed the deadly consequences of the Mindanao wars.
“I have decided to challenge death. I do not believe I’m sinning against my creator because in the end, I am not really my own executioner. By my example, I hope I can inspire two others. Like the dominoes, one has to fall to create the chain reaction.” - Ninoy Twenty-nine years ago, one stubborn man did the unexpected. […]
“Watchlist Orders” have been in use for 39 years, Arroyo’s ex-Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez says – My exclusive By Raïssa Robles PART 1: A piece of paper called the “Watchlist Order” is all that’s keeping ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband from traveling overseas. They have asked the Supreme Court to scrap Watchlist Orders altogether because these violate their constitutional […]
The best way to honor a hero is to let him speak to you through what he said, did and wrote. I am reprinting below what the slain Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. wrote in 1968 – four years before his political arch rival President Ferdinand Marcos placed the Philippines under repressive rule and Ninoy Aquino in jail – […]
The late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. explained his idea of “democracy” during an open forum following his speech at the Wilshire Ebvell theater in Los Angeles, California on February 15, 1981. His remarks on democracy were prompted by this question posed by the moderator: According to the Boston Globe magazine you call yourself a Christian Socialist. Will Christian Socialism […]