What would an ‘All-Out War’ in Mindanao cost us?

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  By Raïssa Robles   “The government has captured the hive but the angry bees have escaped and are regrouping to attack.” A Moro National Liberation Front official said right after the fall of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s Camp Abubakar following President Joseph Estrada’s  All-Out War in 2000 To get an estimate of the costs, let’s look at the […]

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A friend’s text message convinced PNoy not to bury dictator Marcos at Libingan

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  My exclusive  By Raïssa Robles   It was a short mobile text message consisting of only nine letters that convinced President Benigno Aquino III NOT to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani, two sources confirmed to me separately. The text message was sent to PNoy’s  mobile phone so you can see how close he […]

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US knew Gen. Carlos Garcia was convicted by military court back in 2005 – But we, Filipinos, didn’t

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  A Wikileaks US Embassy cable from Manila shows By Raïssa Robles   The Filipino people, whose taxes were allegedly stolen by Major General Carlos Garcia – we were the last to know. According to the Wikileaks document dated Dec. 2, 2005 and written by Paul Jones, the deputy chief of mission (DCM, now the US Ambassador to Malaysia): On […]

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Yesterday, my schedule was INSANE

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By Raïssa Robles Sorry, I haven’t been able to blog. I’ve been busy chasing so many deadlines, so many forums, briefings and interviews. A case of information and coverage overload. Yesterday, especially, my schedule was INSANE. I had to get up before dawn to get to Resorts World across NAIA Terminal 3. No, not to gamble in , but to […]

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PNoy will back RH bill Brace yourself for political trouble

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  By Raïssa Robles President Benigno Aquino III has bit the bullet on the following issues: The passage of a Responsible Parenthood Law  (otherwise known as the RH or Reproductive Health  Law)  that would, among others, make contraceptives freely available by the state; The indictment of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in at least one major criminal case; The indictment of […]

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Here’s the last exchange between Angelo Reyes and Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Antonio Trillanes IV

By Raïssa Robles Senate graft investigations are tedious to cover because they often take hours and hours and are hard to follow. And so I have taken to recording the important probes so I can listen to them long afterward to catch the nuances of what was being said. Alan suggested that for the purpose of historical record and understanding, […]

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The implications of Angelo Reyes’ confession about inheriting corruption are too horrible to contemplate

By Raïssa Robles Let’s just say Angelo Reyes did tell someone who then told Malou Mangahas of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism the following statement before killing himself: I did not invent corruption. I walked into it. Perhaps my first fault was in having accepted aspects of it as a fact of life. Let’s just say he truly said […]

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Did Senate “kill” 2 cabinet ministers?

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By Raïssa Robles The suicide of retired General Angelo Reyes after being accused of receiving huge payoffs by a former military budget officer during a Senate probe, has stirred public debate on whether lawmakers’ investigative powers should be snipped.   My immediate response, based on my personal experience covering the Senate and politics in general, is – NO. And I […]

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