Here are initial links to downloadable pdfs from the Collectors Edition of our book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again.
You can read them online or download them from the links.
The first link contains the pages at the start of the book until the Table of Contents.
This second link is the Foreword written by former Senator Rene Saguisag.
Pls. click on this link.
The third link contains my Preface for the book.
Pls. click on this link.
I will be posting some more soon.
Meanwhile, I have to sleep. It’s been a long, long day.
UPDATE: Pls note that due to the large size of the files I have to use Google Drive. When you click on the link, it will request access. But it seems I have to physically grant you the access. So pls bear with me if I’m not able to do so at once. Just keep tabs on your e-mail.
Raissa, my personal pleading is on moderation. I need some atty. referrals, pls. Some CPMERS could be of help to me, pls? Thank you.
Pardon ,Raissa, if I re post my pleadings for my brother’s case once again to keep you and everyone abreast of what has been happening and to seek your help in referring me a lawyer with this kind of employment/labor problem expertise. Initially , my sister and I have decided against hiring a lawyer but the recent events are forcing our hands to rectify the situation. The immorality case is hindering my bother’s plan in applying to all government agencies because of the ever sticking pending immorality issues. It is not fair to stop his life’s ambition and not be able to work because of this persistent problem of immorality which has caused him too much.
He was advised to get annulment to free himself from the seeming bondage of the CSC rules for civil servants but it also needs a lot of money to undergo.It is better to fight and let the the justice system decide the unfairness and the merits of the case. I am appealing to anyone who knows a lawyer, we don’t have much but we can pay in small amounts gradually . When all is well and done, we will make someone pay for all these troubles and suffering.
I may be forum shopping but desperate times need desperate ways, I am good but my sisterly love is taking the best of my actions. Anyone will be doing what we are doing if a family member is hurt.
Stealing from the govt is grievous than forum shopping I believe. Please state here the names of the potential lawyers that I may need to contact. Do you have someone in mind , Raissa? We have to talk logistics but annulment is also expensive. The better way to do is to fight back .
Here again is the background of my complaint:
Hello , Ms. VP LENI ROBREDO, (email sent)
How are you? I hope that you and your family are in the best of health. I am a Filipino -Canadian and I am writing you due to my deep concern on the case of my brother who suffered an injustice due to corruption of some municipal officials. This is the only way I could let the public know and stop further wrongdoing of the people involve.
Honestly, I have already emailed this to the PACE, created by President Duterte but I thought I would write you instead for it would just be buried in thousands of letters and messages from my countrymen.
Here is the background of the complaint , which I wrote as an open letter. I regret not to give specific names at this time but certainly my communication is open for subsequent messages.
Reposting: An injustice has been done
At the moment , I am waiting for a reply from the PACE The Presidential Action Center (PACE), Malacanang . Sent the report to the email provided for a much needed analysis on anomalous cases in Calapan City Hall as per my brother’s sudden case/action resignation and still have to submit the Commission on Audits official record and report. Will keep on getting in touch at the Presidential office repeatedly for a desired outcome of fairness and constituents expectation of good governance.
Escalation of the case still ongoing goal.
Background of complaint:
A dear family’s ( brother) fight and flight, an open letter.
I personally support the Divorce Bill that the Gabriela Party List has filed in Congress. Why should couples remain in a difficult or loveless relationship? Couples should move on, go find peace and happiness that is well-deserved.
I have a brother who has been separated from his wife for nearly eight years now. They live their own separate lives, now into new relationships. My brother has a promising career at the municipal hall in our island province. Last year, he was appointed as Acting Assistant Treasurer primarily because he is highly qualified for the job. He rose from the ranks, he is diligent, has completed his Master’s Degree, and soon to finish his Doctorate. But not long before the six-month renewal period was over, he was compelled to get back to his post. Politics has meddled and messed around!
My poor brother was accused of being the source of a leakage on anomalous receipts issued by a city hall employee said to be close to the Town Mayor. As cover-up perhaps to some graft and corruption practices and to take revenge, the employee charged my poor brother with immorality.
The case is now pending decision at the Civil Service Commission. Sadly, my brother was left with no choice but to quit his job due to severe pressure from the local officials. He has suffered much, his health has deteriorated, his life and profession ruined, his integrity stained. The immorality case filed against him is clearly a form of death punishment for erring civil servants, a harsh personal retaliation.
I believe that it is high time now that immorality issue under the Philippine Family Code be amended for many, if not all, will be wiped out from the government service, should the CSC strictly enforces the family code. I am providing a link authored by JOEAM from his beautiful blog site https://joeam.com/…/the-family-code-insights-into-filipino…/
Thanks Joe for this well-explained and informative research. I never thought that I could use this link as my reference for a highly controversial issue that no political and religious leaders would care to touch for some reasons.
I hope the great newly-elected and old lawmakers of our country will give attention to amend and revise the ancient entries that divide rather than unite and strengthen the family units in the country when marriage disintegrates and parties begin to start to make another families again.
Thank you and more power to your honorable office.
My best regards,
Mrs. N. R.
Toronto, Ontario , Canada
It is very sad and frustrating that the elected officials who are supposed to guard against corruptions are the ones covering up and cuddling employees doing nefarious activities. I am calling on religious , non -partisan political and community leaders to help probe what is happening in Calapan City Hall for I think the amount of P 600, 000 pesos missing from the official receipts as recorded by the City Auditor is very SERIOUS. In connection making my brother a scapegoat for them to hide and perpetuate such dishonorable public servants act is very wrong and needs a proper attention and investigation why this is allowed to happen in a small town like the City of Calapan which is still I consider my hometown . I am sharing the public’s sentiment that all corruption should not be tolerated and covered up. More than half a million is unaccounted for, dear citizens of the City of Calapan. I vowed a relentless pursuit of this case as it is close to home and even ruined our family name.
WHAT IS WORST IS EVEN NOW THAT HE QUIT HIS JOB, HE IS STILL UNDERGOING HARASSMENT FROM FORMER CHIEFS, CO WORKERS BY WITHHOLDING HIS HARD EARNED BENEFITS BY NOT SIGNING HIS CLEARANCES TO GIVE WAY TO THEIR MERRY WAY OF CORRUPTION AND TO INTIMIDATE HIM OF FURTHER ACTIONS AS WELL
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. STOP HARASSMENT!!
Mrs. N. R.
Toronto, Ontario , Canada
Presidential Action Center (PACE) – Office of the President of the Philippines
how brave are you, netty? or your brother? are you or your brother prepared to fight for justice and take it to the next level?
I feel for you. though next time, pls include dates, dates are important, like date your brother left his job, date he tried to get his benefits and was rebuff. have you supporting documentation? are your brother’s papers in order?
after a while, if you dont get reply from pace, you have another option, a bit drastic and that is to face the media. is your brother up to it? I’ve seen similar things happened to others, them not receiving benefits and on the intervention of the media, with the media and your brother both going to the right person/agency concerned,and have the issue addressed. a lot of big wigs buckled under media scrutiny, exposure is not the favored domain of bullies.
in exchange, your brother must be prepared to become media fodder, for his plight maybe shown on nation wide t.v. though, your brother can have his face blurred, for this is all about his benefits that was denied, not really about his person. the media will help and equalize, if you’re willing to help them. work both ways. media will get publicity for ratings purposes, your brother may lose some amount of privacy, but will likey get his benefits.
there are programs in bandila news that addressed such injustices. all you, or your brother have to do is to take the 1st step: contact bandila via emai, o skype them.
before committing, pls visit bandila’s web site and look around. and think hard. good luck.
Appreciate your concern and tips Moonie.Yes, my brother has his records in his safekeeping.Going back before he resigned , he was advised by the HR grievance committee to file his grievance in the forum, but upon knowing who sits in the committee , you may guess who, he opted to resign due to pressure and fear of further forfeiture of his benefits.He knows he can’t get a fair deal.
Dates and personal information are not yet for public consumption unless I received a reply that demand me to do so.
We are fearless. Charo and Noli de Castro are my kababayans. In fact Charo was my senior schoolmate in the province,MMK , hahhaha. It’s true.
I need to post a recap:
My brother quit his job as Assistant City Treasurer of the Calapan City Government under severe pressure from his own chief, the City Treasurer , Manny Ilagan and other elected officials.It is a hard and painful decision because my brother is just a simple man. He is highly educated, in fact no other applicant for that position can equal his qualifications. But he was forced to quit/ resign because of immorality charged against him by no other than the one who made anomalous counterfeit receipts amounting to P600,000 pesos missing in big discrepancy that my brother found out doing his report as per request of one elected Councillor and as per the attestation of the City Auditor.
The leak was so stinky that it spread and nothing but a cover up, must be done. My poor brother became the fall guy in the form of a retaliation when an anonymous person filed to the CSC AN IMMORALITY CHARGE. We all know that this immorality issue is like a death sentence to any errant civil servant under the Civil Service Commission.
We don’t need any rocket scientist to know that this is a spin off of the illegal activity because he has been working in the govt for more than 5 years and living his personal life separated from his wife for more than 10 years without any question raised about it from this govt. It was only then when he got the position that others became jealous and people close to the Mayor questioned his appointment for only a 6 month contract and never renewed, instead he got demoted to his former position when he started.
Now , I am putting a challenge to the City Government of Calapan to make the same treatment to all those who are deemed to be immoral employees having another wife or husbands, having children out of wedlock and file charges against them to the Civil Service Commission.
I know mostly the people in the city hall for I worked there for 12 years before I migrated to Canada.
These people are the the husbands, the wives, the daughters and sons of immoral affairs as per the perception of the City Government of Calapan. Is the CSC code enforced strictly or just use at convenient time when one steps out of line?
I am not judging those people but why be selective about this issue about my brother if not driven by political motives and cover up of corruption?
The cliche ‘ what is good for the goose, is also good for the gander” should apply.
What’s happening now is , my brother is restrained by this pending immorality charge that he is unable to apply to any govt agency because of this, until annulment is granted unless /or either one of the women die, that is the painful fact of the matter.
What have been done is beyond repair and I am pleading for any conscientious group to make this right, I pray .
Many thanks again, Raissa. You have a big fan in my husband.
ON Scarborough Shoal, has China crossed the ‘red line’?
I’ve read somewhere that vietnam is getting more active sea wise and building up stronger naval presence. samantala tayo, si fvr ay pakanta-kanta lang, panay tok, tok; habang ang china ay handang-handa na mag-bang bang. whatever we gained sa hague ruling, digong and fvr could barely follow through, and both chose the path of least resistance. the coward’s way out. ayaw daw kasi ni digong ng war with china. so blinkered itong si digong that war is the only thing he can see: war on drugs, war on poor people, kill, kill, kill.
digong is catastrophizing kaagad, war kuno kaagad. kulo kaagad. war on china kaagad and that froze his narrow mind. unthinking mind. impatient mind tuned only to war.
if only digong will unfreeze his mind and explore ways and means other than fvr’s tok, tok and sing, sing. we are already about to receive ships (cutters?) from japan, and digong is going to mothball them dahil he’s already thinking of war he cannot win. impatient man already thinking of losing, lost before he can even start.
who dares win. not digong, apparently.
methink, we should side with vietnam and other nations, stand together with them, and call of china’s bluff. for if china goes into war, its modernization process will be put on hold. it will become isolated and then it’s economy will suffer. its yuan devalued, its international status downgraded. its cities bombed and destroyed, hep, hep, gotta contain myself now dahil I’m being like duterte and catastrophizing: thinking of war kaagad when there is no war. war that may never come.
pananakot is china’s weapon, going to war the last thing.
there will be few shots fired, warning shots. surely digong who owns numerous firearms will not drop dead at the mere sound of gunshots. solong, digong and hold your head high, be leader. show them chinese what you’re made of. hopefully you are made of steel; superman! and not one made of matchsticks.
and if you’re shot dead, we’ll consider you national hero, and bury you with all honors in libingan next to your friend, makoy. happy?
better die a hero than die in your sleep, dead with viagra bangungot, he, he, he.
Is President Duterte setting a backward strategy for a drawn ‘Ace’* (Hague arbitral for PH), or subservient & experiencing a China fright, o tutuong mistulang ‘takot’ lang talaga (self conceited)?
‘Maraming salamat po for giving us the ace card’
Victor G says
Shame on you. We here in the south, i.e., the Alabang Paranaque area, have been nwaiting on your book and when it actually arrives, it does som in such small numbers that many are left wanting. Please send more.
National quickly ran out of stock and we are trying to find out how to replenish it.
sometimes, I think, the marcoses and their cronies are buying most of the books, depriving people of good reading, and stopping them from knowing more about the martial law years.
Victor G says
Improbable. That ould just give Raissa mjore money tom print more books. I guess Raissa simply underestimated the acceptability and believeability of her writing to us and so did not prepare to print a lot of copies. Her w4itings on this blog bought her a lot of credibility with me.
how well you know the book industry? have you had a book published?
in most cases, the publisher will get most of the money, maybe 75% of the book sale, the author 25%. talk to a publisher and things will be explain to you. it’s business.
there is a legal contract to be signed, stating obligations of both publisher and author, copyrights, etc. contract covers subsequent prints and reprints too. reprints can be put on hold, or put on queue as there are books previously contracted that have to be printed 1st. break the contract at your own peril.
Thanks a lot raissa!
Hi, ma’am raissa. Thank you very much. Downloaded preface without problem.
Vee Coryaen says
I have been trying to get a copy of your book, since it came out. Sadly, I have been very unsuccessful. Yes, a digital version would be most welcome for us abroad. Thank you.
Meanwhile, you can download extracts of it.
Raissa, you can instead post a public/shareable link so that you don’t need to provide individual access https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2494822?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
let me study this.
Grace Andres says
Thank you Raissa for making your book available to a larger audience…
we will see about a digital edition.