That certain smile

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Here's what Pres. Aquino said about smiling at the #SAF 44 commandos' wake - Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - When my request to interview President Aquino was unexpectedly granted last week, Malacañang Palace asked me, again, for a list of interview questions. I had submitted a list months ago, but apparently they wanted a new copy. I debated with myself whether I should take the opportunity to include something that had puzzled me for a long time. It had to do with his facial expression during dramatic, tense moments. It seemed in many of these moments he was smiling - some said smirking.

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View today’s political mud-throwing in the context of the 2016 presidential elections

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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.

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Impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona to demand resignation of President Aquino

By Raïssa Robles - Things just got more interesting. I just received word that the impeached former Chief Justice Renato Corona is now at Club Filipino "to demand the immediate resignation/removal of President (Benigno) Aquino for the mamasapano carnage and other urgent issues."

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Accused “barter queen” and anti-land reform advocate want PNoy to resign?

Just my opinon By Raïssa Robles - - It puzzles me no end how the Cojuangco couple could possibly be leaders of reform. One of them bitterly fought a landmark legislation that would have benefited thousands of poor landless farmers. The other sued a journalist for a story alleging the use of political influence for personal gain. I am referring to the power couple Margarita "Tingting" Cojuangco and her husband Jose "Peping" Cojuangco. Both played key roles in putting Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacañang Palace through the paper political party Kampi. And both were rewarded for it with government positions.

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A dangerous power vacuum in government helped cause the Mamasapano disaster

Exclusive analysis by Raïssa Robles - Just as scientists say that nature abhors a vacuum, politics also abhors a power vacuum and hastens to fill it. This is what Philippine National Police Director General Alan PurisiPNP-capma did with tragic results.

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PNoy and Binay on broken friendships

Just my opinion - by Raissa Robles - While President Benigno Aquino III has successfully vanquished enemies, ironically, it is his personal friends who could bring him down. He has a difficult time letting go of pals who become political liabilities. The opposite is true of Vice President Jejomar Binay. He appears to have no problem dropping friends to further his political interests, and those ex-buddies are the ones who can bring him down.

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Is the coup season upon us again?

Even as I write this, political forces against the Aquino administration are furiously plotting how to exploit the Mamasapano fiasco in order to bring down the government of President Benigno Aquino III. In the light of this, let me share with you a think piece which my journo-husband Alan wrote about coup attempts.It's time to refresh our knowledge about coups.

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Journo’s website HACKED after he posted questions on police commandos’ killings

By Raïssa Robles - Hotmanila, the satirical political website of my hubby Alan has been hacked, ostensibly to deliver this message to President Benigno Aquino III: "We are watching you, Mr. President." The hacking apparently took place after Aquino was severely criticized by netizens for showing up late at the wake of the police commandos yesterday.

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Grilling the President of the Republic of the Philippines

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Here is the full video of the Question and Answer portion of President Benigno Aquino's forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP). FOCAP would welcome a similar forum with Vice-President Jejomar Binay.

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