Exclusive Part 2 of 2 By Raïssa Robles - With one stroke of the pen, she empowered half of the country’s population. Nowadays we think nothing - or nothing much -- of unmarried couples who openly live together; of wives who have their own bank accounts or who separate from husbands due to their abuse or philandering. Yet a mere 28 years ago, none of this was legally possible.
If I want to know the real score – stripped of troublesome thoughts like morality or ethics – I turn to political operators to give me the low-down on political events. They never fail to surprise or give fresh, candid takes on what ordinary people view as downright scandalous. It is for this reason that my hubby Alan turned to one such political operator. Here is his story:
By Raissa Robles - President Corazon Aquino was an “ordinary housewife” who was constantly attacked - literally - by military rebels. She stood up to them and saw them off. Would her critics have been as tough? What would the country be like if President Cory had given up because of any of the coups that took place from 1986 to 1989? To begin with there’s a strong likelihood Juan Ponce Enrile would have replaced her as leader of a military-civilian junta. The country would have hurtled toward a dark, uncertain future of intermittent coups and counter-coups. Enrile himself indicated as much in the memoirs he published in 2012. But more on that later.
Analysis by Raïssa Robles - In the wake of President Benigno Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), various groups have made their voices heard about what they want from the president in his last two years in office. They’re all united in one thing: They want the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) passed. Big business wants it, the moderate Left wants it. So does the extreme Left.
It's a hot-air balloon. No, it's a -- senator. Today is the day that lawmakers and all those who matter in the Philippine government dress to the nines. And Senator Nancy Binay is no exception. On this momentous day, she has apparently taken something out-of-the-ordinary as her clothing inspiration:
Analysis by Raïssa Robles I am inviting everyone to closely look at the set of accusations that has given legs to the perception that Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad is corrupt; that he tutored Janet Lim Napoles in the pork barrel scam. And that he is the pork scam mastermind. All of these grew out of one thing: A statement - in the shape of two affidavits - by accused scamster Janet Lim Napoles. It is this same statement that makes people believe that the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) - implemented by Abad - is also heavily tainted with corruption.
One of the things that has come out of this debate over the DAP controversy is the resurrection of a dead language called Latin. There was a time in Manila that Latin was de regueur among the youth. If you didn't know any Latin you would not count. Today, only lawyers, doctors and priests have preserved this language that even Italians no longer speak, unless they attend a Messa in Latino in one of those tiny churches in Italy attended by old women. My hubby Alan, who speaks three languages, decided to delve into Latin and he made a surprising discovery. Latin, although long dead and long buried, is still evolving. Especially in the legal field. And so he decided to write about his findings:
This is what I'm going to say in today's public forum on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration program, held today at the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG) UP Assembly Hall. - By Raïssa Robles - I'm not a lawyer. I'm not yellow, nor red, nor peach. I’m a long-time observer and reporter on how our three branches of government work. I base my conclusions on my own findings. And I’m a citizen of this Republic. My pieces on the Supreme Court ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP have been interpreted by some as a desecration of the 1987 Constitution. A gross misrepresentation of the separation of powers, which is the very essence of our democracy, and a denigration of the congressional power of the purse. Law students and lawyers, in particular, have been quite virulent in their attacks of me. Shocked but at the same time curious, I decided to find out why.
I can still remember those street chants - "Marcos, diktador, tuta. Marcos, diktador, tuta." It has become a mantra of a bygone era. Suddenly, today, activists are chanting about a brand new dictator in our midst. A tyrannical one. And since dictators are now so fashionable in the world, my hubby Alan, aka @hotmanila, received this query from a foreign PR outfit. Here's what the PR outfit wanted to learn, according to Alan: