President Aquino told me what took place was the reverse of what the Binay camp told media

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:

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How was VP Binay able to buy three properties even as a young and poor law student?

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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?

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Binay told me in 2010 he had bought – not leased – the land for his piggery

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.

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Why VP Jojo Binay is backing Pres. Aquino in GMA’s poll fraud case

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  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 […]

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VP Jojo Binay told PNoy – Marcos burial issue is a “partisan conflict” needing win-win solution

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  “In life, we make decisions that could win the day but lose the morrow, or decisions that could lose the day but win the morrow. It is my hope that this recommendation, would win the day and win tomorrow.” - Vice-President Jejomar Binay told PNoy as he recommended military honors for the dead dictator Ferdinand Marcos   My exclusive […]

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Did VP Jojo Binay mislead PNoy on the Marcos burial issue?

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  My exclusive analysis By Raïssa Robles It sure seems like he did. When Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay gave President Benigno Aquino III his recommendation to bury Ferdinand Marcos with “military honors,” a smoking-gun document was attached to his recommendation, according to sources I interviewed. My sources came from all sides of the issue, including the Marcos camp. The […]

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Relation between the Aquino government and the Dutertes: It’s terribly complicated

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  By Raïssa Robles I’m keenly watching what President Benigno Aquino III will do with the punching and hair-pulling case of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, and the dirty finger incidents involving Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his city councilor son Paul. Because you see, their political relation is terribly complicated. They campaigned together last year. A month before the […]

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Part I: Fidel Ramos told me Imelda Marcos waived burial at Libingan, a state funeral and full military honors

In exchange for bringing back Ferdinand Marcos’ body   My exclusive By Raïssa Robles I was really very surprised when my phone rang last Friday and an aide of Fidel Ramos said the former Philippine president wanted to speak with me. Beyond the usual press briefings and conferences, Ramos and I have never been warm friends. But we’ve had several […]

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Human Rights Commission Chair Loretta Ann Rosales was repeatedly raped during the Marcos dictatorship

Human Rights Commission Chair Loretta Ann Rosales was repeatedly raped

  Rape was the choice form of torture for female detainees – My exclusive by Raïssa Robles   In 1999, my editor at South China Morning Post asked me to do a first person account to show the vileness of the Marcos conjugal dictatorship. This was soon after then Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Francis Garchitorena denied a motion to release US$150 million […]

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