Sen. Bong Revilla’s privilege speech disclosing his meeting with PNoy

Mr. President, I rise on a matter of personal privilege. Bago po ako magsimula, gusto ko pong ipaabot sa ating mga kababayan na tayo ay nakikiisa sa national day of prayer na naglalayong ipanalangin ang mga sinapit ng bansa sa nakaraang taon, lalo na ang pinsalang idinulot ng bagyong Yolanda sa kabisayaan, lindol sa Bohol at Cebu at ang giyera […]

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Janet Napoles’ alleged giant JLN Corporation paid less taxes than a public school teacher

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Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Listening to Janet Lim-Napoles and her lawyers talk, you would get the impression she is the very busy head of a highly diversified conglomerate with overseas operations. Yet records show that from 2009 to 2011, her flagship firm JLN Corporation paid less in yearly taxes than a public school teacher earning P21,500 a month. Such a […]

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Senator Miriam Santiago reveals for first time how much senators really get

I’m reprinting below the entire speech of Senator Santiago. I agree with her disclosures and recommendations. How about a petition for Senator Santiago to be appointed head of the Senate Ethics Committee, which NO ONE really wants to chair? Senator Alan Peter Cayetano was a GROSS disappointment in that post. He said he would investigate the allegations of plagiarism against […]

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How I rate the top senatorial contenders

By Raïssa Robles Understanding the Elections – Part 2: This is a very difficult piece for me to write. Perhaps it’s the reason why I’ve been putting off writing it for so long. Disclosing my personal choices of candidates for political office goes against my professional upbringing as a journalist. I won’t give a specific list of choices, except in […]

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Senator Loren Legarda rents out her New York condo for US$3,095 a month

Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Three weeks ago, Senator Loren Legarda quietly rented out her New York condo, turning her into a landlady on posh Park Avenue, according to the New York real estate website Blocksy.com. The monthly earning from the rental lease is much more than the monthly basic pay of a Philippine senator. There is nothing wrong with investing […]

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Congressman JV Ejercito under declares his California property

Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Unlike Senators Loren Legarda and Manny Villar, senatorial candidate JV (Joseph Victor) Ejercito has consistently disclosed his California property, but always at a lower price than what he paid for it. On April 14, 2000, JV Ejercito bought a single-storey, two-bedroom house in Redwood City, San Mateo County, California for US$609,500. He was not a politician then […]

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The THREE most important questions to ask yourself in voting for senators

Analysis by Raïssa Robles Understanding the Elections – Part I: People have asked me to tell them who I’m voting for senator this May. Rather than give you a list, I will explain how I choose the senators I’ll vote for. I’m sure many of you will be surprised that you yourselves probably go through a similar process except you […]

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Enrile’s ex-COS Gigi Reyes says Sen. Cayetano’s anger is “rightful” but calls him a liar as well

This photo of Enrile and his Chief-of-Staff Jessica "Gigi" Reyes has gone viral on Facebook. Gigi Reyes sits in the same table with President Noynoy Aquino, Vice-President Jojo Binay and ex-President Erap Estrada during the latter's birthday dinner.

Below is the full Text of Atty. Gigi Reyes’ just-issued STATEMENT AND PUBLIC APOLOGY. My thanks @Shanna for providing this.  Reyes explains why she resigned irrevocably and discloses that her boss, Juan Ponce Enrile, was supposed to have stated in his Monday privilege speech that he was resigning “IRREVOCABLY” as Senate President but didn’t. She explains why she resigned abruptly: […]

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