By Raïssa Robles - A few days ago, I received word that this blog is one of the finalists for the 2015 Bloggys Awards. It came as a rather pleasant surprise since I have not been that active on the net lately due to a highly pressing project. I am sure, you guys at Cyber Plaza Miranda have a lot to do with this. So I would like to thank you all in advance. And a big "Thank You" to my friends in Facebook and Twitter.
By Dr. Alfredo C. Robles, Jr. - The award (decision) issued by the Arbitral Tribunal in the Philippines v. China arbitration creates the impression that this was a knockout (as a reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer put it) for the Philippines because of the following reasons: the award was adopted unanimously; the Solicitor General declared that China’s preliminary objections have been eliminated ; and China rejected the award.
Before asking this set of questions on the 1983 assassination of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., I asked his president-son about a new Securities and Exchange Commission decision to ban journalists and researchers from using the "reverse search" function of the SEC database. Here is my question, which Aquino said he would still look into.
By Raïssa Robles - Ordinarily, consular officials enjoy only limited diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention. However, a 2009 agreement - signed by the Arroyo government represented by Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo, and the People's Republic of China represented by Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi - broadened the diplomatic immunity of consular officials and their relatives of both countries.
Ni Raissa Robles - Isinalin sa Pilipino ni Cha Coronel Datu - Magandang umaga. Bago ako magsimula, meron muna akong isang kuwento sa inyo. Dito sa building na ito, una kong nakilala si Imee Marcos. Siya ang gumanap noon na pangunahing aktor sa tagalog na bersyon ng isang dulang may pamagat sa Ingles na "Animal Farm". Si Professor Jonas Sebastian ang direktor. At ako naman ang Stage Manager. Naaalala ko na kinailangang baguhin ni Jonas ang ilang linyang bibigkasin ni Imee sa dulang ito kasi may pagkakahawig ang buod nito sa mga tunay na nangyayari sa ating bansa noong mga panahong iyon. Tungkol kasi ang "Animal Farm" sa isang rebolusyong nadiskaril. Nagkataon naman noon, yun din ang nangyayari sa tinatawag ni Marcos na "Revolution from the Center". Unti-unti na ring nadidiskaril noon.
By Raïssa Robles - Writing directly to the Cyber Plaza Miranda community, Philippine state auditor Heidi Mendoza said she will continue to be a government witness in the cases against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his wife Elenita. This is for “as long as I will receive the subpoena on time and hoping I will have the resources to get by,” Ms. Mendoza said in a comment she posted earlier this afternoon on this blog.
By Raissa Robles - Congratulations to Ms. Mendoza for this well-deserved post. The government official whom the bicameral Commission on Appointments had long refused to confirm as a COA Commissioner was snatched up by the United Nations to perform the same function, but on a global scale. There are nagging questions that need to be asked, though.
Can the Marcoses be charged in court using their dad's "anti-fencing" decree? - Analysis by Raïssa Robles - Don't be fooled by what the Marcoses are saying – that Imelda is “disappointed” and Imee is “surprised” that the unico hijo is only running for VP. That's the spin the first family of crime wants the public to believe. That Baby Marcos is not running for the presidency, but the spare tire position underneath.
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.