Watch video of Cebu Archbishop Cardinal Vidal calling on President Aquino to step down

Fact-checking Vidal's retraction by Raïssa Robles The breaking news social networking site Twitter is now abuzz with reports that Cebu Archbishop Cardinal Ricardo Vidal has retracted his earlier statement calling for President Benigno Aquino's resignation.

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A dangerous power vacuum in government helped cause the Mamasapano disaster

Exclusive analysis by Raïssa Robles - Just as scientists say that nature abhors a vacuum, politics also abhors a power vacuum and hastens to fill it. This is what Philippine National Police Director General Alan PurisiPNP-capma did with tragic results.

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So you want to be the next President of the Republic of the Philippines? Read this first.

True, there are a lot of perks that go with the job - a limousine with back-up security, a 24-7 kitchen, all you can eat, a gym, golf course and mini-hospital right in your backyard. Plus power that seems to attract and make you beautiful or handsome to many men and women. But face it. It's HARD to be President of the Republic of the Philippines.

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PNoy and Binay on broken friendships

Just my opinion - by Raissa Robles - While President Benigno Aquino III has successfully vanquished enemies, ironically, it is his personal friends who could bring him down. He has a difficult time letting go of pals who become political liabilities. The opposite is true of Vice President Jejomar Binay. He appears to have no problem dropping friends to further his political interests, and those ex-buddies are the ones who can bring him down.

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The lighter side of ‘Oplans’

Part of any top secret oplan is to name the Oplan. It is not an Oplan if it has no name. Usually, a sexy, macho name. So when the Oplan is finally bared to the public, the operation will have a name worthy of its presumed success. When Special Action Forces chief Getulio Napeñas Jr. started singing out the names of the various Oplans meant to capture two wanted men, my hubby Alan started wondering why the same operation had so many names. And so he asked himself - Just how many oplans are there? - and was inspired to write the following piece:

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Is the coup season upon us again?

Even as I write this, political forces against the Aquino administration are furiously plotting how to exploit the Mamasapano fiasco in order to bring down the government of President Benigno Aquino III. In the light of this, let me share with you a think piece which my journo-husband Alan wrote about coup attempts.It's time to refresh our knowledge about coups.

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Should President Aquino resign – Catholic Bishops Conference President weighs in

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By Raïssa Robles - Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines President Socrates Villegas issued this morning a statement following calls by two fellow bishops for President Benigno Aquino III to resign. Speaking for the CBCP, the church policy-making body consisting of all Philippine bishops, Monsignor Villegas said: "Before we have all the facts, however, the CBCP cannot morally join in the calls for his resignation, leaving this decision to his humble and prayerful discernment of his capacity to lead and the support he has not only from officials of government but from members of Philippine society."

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