By Raïssa Robles
Nor to three other people surnamed Robles
Fake news has a way of being believed as the truth after being churned around and around by social media trolls.
So I’m going to nip this one in the bud. To stop conspiracy theories from taking on a life of its own.
I am not at all related to Reynaldo Robles, lawyer of Senator Antonio Trillanes.
Nor to retired Colonel Rex Robles, former coup plotter-turned-military analyst.
Nor to newspaper columnist Jojo Robles.
Nor to Rappler reporter Pia Ranada-Robles.
Before Pia, I often got inquiries whether I was the wife of Rex Robles.
So one day, I happened to be in a news forum, seated around the same table as Col. Rex and his wife Marilyn. The person beside me, perhaps to strike up a conversation, turned to me and said, “Excuse me, are you the wife of Col. Rex Robles?,” while pointing at the snow-bearded ex-officer with his nose.
I turned to him and solemnly replied – “I’m the other wife.”
“And that,” nodded in Marilyn’s direction, “is the first wife.”
Why, he just stopped talking to me.