By Raïssa Robles - Just a quick note. In today's Philippine Daily Inquirer editorial entitled "Instructive picture", my South China Morning Post piece on Senator Bongbong Marcos was mentioned.
Guest blog by Lorraine Marie T. Badoy - I am reprinting this with Lorraine's permission. It is a citizen's reaction to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos showing off her well chiseled body on the cover of a magazine. For a long time now, the Marcoses have crawled back into public affection by getting featured in the lifestyle sections of newspapers and in fashion and leisure magazines. Their beautiful photos hold a deep dark secret that they wish the public will simply forget. This is the message of Imee Marcos' magazine cover.
By Raïssa Robles - This morning even before I had my coffee, I had a chat with one of the country's veteran radio broadcasters, Mr. Niel Ocampo of DZRH radio. It was the first time in a very long time that I had chatted with Niel, who knows the ins and outs of Philippine politics.
With Christmas coming, action figures will be the hottest items on sale. Parents will agonize trying to find that one particular toy their children are wishing for. For Filipino parents, Christmas will be agonizing in more ways than one. They will also have to decide which presidential candidate will make a difference in the future of their children. To help parents make their momentous decision, my hubby Alan has this suggestion. Why not look at the presidential candidates as action figures and decide on that basis? He wrote the following as a guide:
Opinyon ni Raïssa Robles - Hindi daw kailangan ng isang partido upang tumakbo bilang presidente, ang kibit balikat ni Senador Grace Poe. Sabi rin ng “political partner” niyang si Sen. Chiz Escudero: “Our party is the Philippines, and the members of our party are the Filipino people.” Tatakbo daw silang dalawa bilang “independent”. Magpapa-ampon na lang sila.
Panoorin ang talumpati ni Grace Poe - Opinyon ni Raïssa Robles - Minabuti kong pumunta sa proklamasyon ni Senador Grace Poe kagabi upang magmasid. Siya na lang kasi ang hindi ko nakikita nang malapitan sa tatlong kakandidato ng pagkapangulo. Kasama ng ilang libong supporters, naghintay ako ng mahigit na tatlong oras upang marinig ang kanyang sasabihin. Eto ang ilang obserbasyon ko sa nangyari kagabi:
Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - The human rights lawyer and 2016 presidential candidate Jejomar Binay wants Filipinos to "move on" from crying out against the injustice and atrocities committed by the Marcos dictatorship, because he said, anyway, Marcos is dead. No member of the family - three of whom were also government officials during the dictatorship - has apologized for ANYTHING. Not the abuses. Not the plunder. Nothing. As someone on Facebook said, Anakin has completely gone over to the dark side.
To remember the most famous celebrant this September – Ferdinand Edralin “William Saunders” & "Fred" Marcos – and his declaration of Martial Law, I asked my hubby Alan to whip up some recipes since he's a wizard in the kitchen. Alan obliged and came up with four dishes. I said “more”. And he came up with another one. Here they are:
Law Dean told me he's willing to petition SC in behalf of these lolos accused of raping minors - Exclusive By Raïssa Robles - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile has been granted bail despite the fact that he is accused of a capital crime – plunder - that is supposed to be non-bailable. Enrile's bail has caused an uproar. Harvard law graduate Oscar Franklin Tan wrote a highly provocative column entitled - Would you grant bail if it was not Enrile? Likewise, Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, Dean of the San Beda Graduate School of Law, wrote: “I wonder: Had bail been granted a 91-year old farmer charged with a crime punishable by reclusion perpetua, would there have been strenuous objections? So, it seems that the protest is directed not really at the justness of the decision, but because it is Enrile involved. “ I'm not a lawyer, just an observer. So' I'd like to suggest, let's test the premises of both Atty. Tan and Fr. Rannie with actual cases.