Analysis by Raissa Robles - Vice President Jejomar Binay has something to seriously worry about. In a matter of two months - and with elections still 19 months away - his ratings in the Pulse Asia survey on "Presidential Preference" have dropped by 24.39% - or by 10 percentage points from 41% last June to 31% this month of September. While that of Interior and Local Governments Secretary Mar Roxas, his perceived rival, doubled in the same period - from 7% to 13%. Only 18 percentage points separate Binay and Roxas in the Pulse Asia surveys.
By Raïssa Robles - This is the draft of the lecture I delivered during last week's "Reaching Out to Future Journalists forum" held by Sunstar publication at San Carlos University in Cebu City. I have a confession to make. I have turned down many invitations to speak before many forums because I believe a journalist is best read than heard. However, this was one invite I felt I had to accept because of the audience and the topic. I was not disappointed. In that packed hall, I believe, will come some of our future journalists who will make a difference. They came and they listened, even though I'm not a celebrity, but just a blogger and a journo in the trenches :)
On my way to Cebu, former Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo spotted me at the airport terminal and nodded me over. The first thing he asked me was – were you the one who wrote about Binay’s kitchen? Intrigued, I said yes. And he said, “I can’t afford that kind of kitchen.” He said other things but I’m not allowed to […]
Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - Sometime in 1989, the late Betty Go-Belmonte handed me a cassette tape and told me - "see what you can do with this." It contained a piece of country music on "Imelda's Shoes" by the rising comedy duo James "Sandy" Pinkard and Richard Bowden.
By Raïssa Robles Today I heard National Police Commission vice chairman Eduardo Escueta ask netizens to please snap photos of ongoing crimes or suspicious activities and post these on the Internet. This was after the photo below was posted online and went "viral". It resulted in the arrest of two cops whom Napolcom suspected to be among the nine policemen behind the highway robbery that a stranger happened to snap. Now the Napolcom - the police force' disciplinary agency - wants netizens to help fight crime. This is very dangerous...
Exclusive by Raissa Robles - Embattled Vice-President Jejomar Binay may want to seriously rethink his position that he has nothing to explain. That all allegations of corruption and overpricing swirling around the 11 storey Makati city hall parking building are just “politically motivated attacks.” If cab driver Robin Visin is any gauge, Binay's so-called solid base may be showing some cracks.
Things got even more interesting. Bayan Muna Congressman Neri Colmentares is standing his ground that Section 10 of the draft People's Initiative law is constitutional. Earlier, I wrote a piece asking - Is the draft law being pushed through a People’s Initiative unconstitutional? Former Congressman Teddy Casino posted the following on his blog: In the interest of clarifying concerns regarding the constitutionality of the proposed PI bill abolishing the pork barrel system, I’m posting Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares’ memo on the controversial Section 10 of the said bill.
Analysis by Raïssa Robles -- Is the Scrap Pork Network behind the People's Initiative promising something that might get shot down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional in the end? Something even Congress can easily overturn? Why didn't any official in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines see the potential constitutional defects and suggest amendments to the draft law entitled "An Act abolishing the presidential and congressional pork barrel system, strengthening the system of checks and balances over public funds, prohibiting certain acts, and providing penalties therefore?"
Exclusive (w/photos) by Raïssa Robles -- Thirty-one years ago on August 31, millions of Filipinos formed a funeral cortege that stretched miles and miles across the nation's capital to bury a man who had come home, foolishly thinking he could convince an aging dictator to loosen his grip on power. That man, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., was treacherously shot dead as he was led down a flight of stairs from the aircraft he had arrived in. His feet never even touched the ground. Ninoy's murder in a tightly secured area while surrounded by soldiers ironically had a strange effect on the Filipino psyche. It freed many Filipinos from the constant fear of living under the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.