Typhoon Haiyan uncovered the Philippines’ secret shame


By Raïssa Robles - When Jette Po-Major and her medical colleagues went to Samar last year to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan they were stunned by a realization. Most of the residents had never had any medical or dental treatment. "Meeting people who have never seen a doctor in their entire life is something incredible for us," Jette told me then as she narrated her experience in the aftermath of what we locally call Typhoon Yolanda.

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SEC Chair wants power to kill fraudulent firms & jail erring officers

By Raïssa Robles - On the day I gave my testimony before the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee my seat mate during the hearing was a very pleasant but tough-talking lady: Security and Exchange Commissions Chair Teresita Herbosa. During the hearing, we exchanged reactions to what we were hearing from the other "resource persons" who had been summoned like us to testify that day, October 30.

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Here’s my 2010 profile on Vice-President Binay based on my one-on-one interview with him

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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.

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I’m posting my entire interview with VP Binay so his spokesman can listen and defend him better

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.

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Grilling the President of the Republic of the Philippines

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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.

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President Aquino told me he’s prepared to go to jail if “we’re back to an unjust judicial system” after his term

PNoy also answered questions about his meeting with Vice President Jejomar Binay and about Facebook This portion of the transcript of President Benigno Aquino's forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines was kindly provided to me by Rey Marfil, the presidential assistant secretary for media relations. I'm still rushing my South China Morning Post article for today so I can't write in detail right now. but I'm sure you all would like to read the raw this portion of the raw transcript. - Raissa

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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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