President Aquino told me he’s prepared to go to jail if “we’re back to an unjust judicial system” after his term

PNoy also answered questions about his meeting with Vice President Jejomar Binay and about Facebook This portion of the transcript of President Benigno Aquino's forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines was kindly provided to me by Rey Marfil, the presidential assistant secretary for media relations. I'm still rushing my South China Morning Post article for today so I can't write in detail right now. but I'm sure you all would like to read the raw this portion of the raw transcript. - Raissa

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President Aquino’s dead mom, President Cory, may yet save her son from jail over DAP

And why there are grounds for Supreme Court to review its decision on DAP - Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - Could the Supreme Court be wrong? Are President Benigno Aquino’s actions about the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) constitutional after all? I ask these questions because I’m looking over something Aquino’s mother, President Cory, signed in 1987.

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An Obama tale too delicious not to tell


The state dinner for POTUS was delicious. The guest list was something else. It was so weird that my hubby Alan just had to write it for South China Morning Post. Here is his story: Guess who came to dinner: Obama's Philippines reception featured a colourful cast - By Alan Robles

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Is PNoy’s meeting with Sen. Bong Revilla like GMA’s phone call to Garci?

Some people seemed shocked that PNoy would meet with opposition Senator Revilla, while the latter was a senator-judge at the Senate impeachment trial of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona....I wasn't shocked. I was amused.

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Billiards could explain President Aquino’s style of problem-solving

Exclusive By Raissa Robles When imagining President Benigno Aquino’s style of problem-solving, the game you should be thinking of is billiards. For instance, to be able to haul former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to court, Aquino carefully, patiently and methodically set up shots to pick out one obstacle after another. The shots came from unexpected angles. Highly placed sources, familiar with what […]

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2012 Political Forecast: “Something unexpected” in the Year of the Black Water Dragon


By Raïssa Robles This Year 2012, or the Year of the Black Water Dragon, one Chinese horoscope predicts that “something unexpected will happen.” That’s putting it mildly if applied to rapidly unfolding political events in the country.   Long before the dragon sets foot on the celestial plain this February 4, two events have already occurred that would affect the […]

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PNoy government: A dictatorship in the making or democracy in action


  By Raïssa Robles In recent days, President Benigno Aquino III has been likened to a monarch, dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Fidel Castro and even Hitler. How did PNoy – long tagged as a “Retard”,  “Abnoy” and “malambot” suddenly transition into an evil super-brained bad-ass who’s supposed to be “smarter than Marcos”? Listen to how Noynoy critic Senator Joker Arroyo puts […]

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Hacienda Luisita: Pres. Cory Aquino’s unfinished business

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  By Raïssa Robles In May 1987, the independent polling organization Social Weather Stations gave then President Corazon Aquino the findings of a “preliminary and confidential [and] non-commissioned” survey showing most Filipinos wanted her to distribute Hacienda Luisita to the tenants. The timing of the survey release was important. Mrs Aquino could still do something about the survey results since […]

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