And my other experiences while testifying at the Senate - By Raïssa Robles - When I testified at the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee on Oct 30, a clutch of nuns in white and grey habit quietly sat in the rear gallery of the Senate session hall. Well, maybe they weren’t TOTALLY quiet. During the testimony of businessman Antonio Tiu, some of the nuns went "tsk, tsk, tsk" and shook their heads, according to a friend of mine who sat with them.
Below is the piece I wrote for South China Morning Post, based on my June 29,2010 one-on-one interview with Vice-President Jejomar Binay. I am posting it with my editor's permission. - Vice-president has credentials as champion of poor Tuesday, 06 July, 2010, 12:00am - Raissa Robles in Manila - The new Philippine vice-president, Jejomar Binay, has a highly unusual but apt given name. It is a short form for the biblical Holy Family - Jesus, Mary, Joseph - which in the Filipino language is pronounced 'Susmaryosep', an exclamation of surprise and disbelief.
By Raïssa Robles - Over two weeks ago when I posted my piece entitled Binay told me in 2010 he had bought – not leased – the land for his piggery, Vice President Jejomar Binay and/or his political advisers chose to ignore it. However, some eagled-eyed Senate officials apparently saw it, which is the only reason I can give for why they subpoenaed me to explain the story to the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing on October 30.
Your Honors, Two decades ago, the Senate was my beat as a reporter. I am here today because I was summoned by a Subpoena ad Testifcandum, to appear before a sub-committee of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee The subpoena included a warning – ‘Fail not under penalty of law.’
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.
Dear fellow members of Cyber Plaza Miranda, I am right now rushing my articles for today's deadline with South China Morning Post. So please forgive me if I can't update lengthilyright now. During this morning's Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines forum with President Benigno Aquino among the questions I was able to ask him was the following:
Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - Jejomar Binay credits his good fortune to what my satirist hubby Alan refers to as the Vice-President’s “days of swine and roses.” And Alan is right. Binay’s lawyer Princess Turgano recently explained that it was the Binay family’s piggery and flower businesses that enabled the couple to earn an additional net income of P44.35 million from 1994 to 2010. But what I want to know is: How was VP Binay – orphaned as a boy – able to buy two properties at the age of 22 and a third property at the age of 23 -- while still studying law at the University of the Philippines College of Law?
Listen to my taped interview with VP Binay about his properties, his guns, his being perceived a warlord, his plunder cases and about coffins - Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - Reacting to allegations raised in the Senate hearings, Vice-President Jejomar Binay says he has never owned any of the land he used for his pig farm. This is the exact opposite of what he told me on June 29. 2010 in a one-on-one interview with him for South China Morning Post, the Hong Kong newspaper I write for.
By Raïssa Robles Some were surprised to see Vice-President Jejomar Binay on the same side of the political fence as President Benigno Aquino III in trying to prosecute ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for electoral sabotage. Has Binay forgotten that just a month ago, Aquino embarrassed him publicly by announcing his rejection of Binay’s recommendation to bury Marcos with military honors […]