By Raïssa Robles - Personally, I have always wanted a Philippine president: who would place the welfare of the poor and the middle class in all his policy decisions; who would tell mining corporations to give much more to the Philippine government and to the host-communities, as well as crack down on practices that destroy the environment; who would be critical of American support and demand more for allowing Americans limited access to Philippine territory; who would seriously take steps to end the decades-long communist and Muslim insurgencies; who would encourage couples to space the births of their children, teach them various ways of family planning and leave them to make a choice; who would tell the Catholic Church it's high time for the institution to clean up its act; and who would be tough on crime and criminals.
At ang bangkay ni Duterte (corpse of Duterte) by Raïssa Robles - If they are, we are looking at the REAL REASON why Vice-President Leni Robredo was told to hold her own separate inauguration.
Soon, 7 NBS in Luzon, 2 in Cebu, 1 in Bacolod, 1 in Davao will have it - Hi guys, National Book Store gave me the following updates. First, the following NBS outlets in Metro Manila now have the Student Edition of our book. (Unless these are already sold out.) :
By Raïssa Robles - Due to circumstances beyond our control, our book will only be available in National Book Store this Friday. National told me today they were unable to bring our books over to select Metro Manila branches. National has assured me, though, that by Friday the books will be in some of their branches. They will be sending me which are these branches as soon as the books actually arrive in their outlets.
When the Student Edition is launched at the Philippine PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) meet - By Raissa Robles - The Student Edition of my book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again is now out and can be bought at La Solidaridad in Padre Faura, Manila and, starting Monday, at the University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center. This is at the basement of Palma Hall (just ask the guard for directions).
By Raïssa Robles - Despite the mysterious fire that gutted the rooms of social science professors at the University of the Philippines, a historic conference entitled Never Again, Never Forget: Martial Law, the Academe, and the Public will go on starting tomorrow at the fourth floor of Palma Hall (the old Arts and Sciences building). The conference is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. But slots are limited for the snacks and lunch, so try to sign up at once. In any case, those who are too late can still attend the conference where noted professors on the subject will discuss various aspects of Martial Law. Those interested have to sign up online because
You can also avail of free delivery anywhere in the Philippines reached by courier service - By Raïssa Robles - The iconic La Solidaridad book shop along Padre Faura, Manila, owned by National Artist F. Sionil Jose and his wife, is now carrying my book.
There is no going back now. The tarp is up.
Because of the bomb threat in Ateneo de Manila University this morning - which locked down the entire campus for the whole day - the university is implementing new security rules which make it difficult, if not impossible to hold the launch of my book there this Thursday, March 31.
By Raïssa Robles - My heart is full. But I know the battle has just begun for the hearts and minds of the Filipino people over the kind of future they want. Do they want a dictatorship or a democracy? Do they want to hand over their civil liberties to one man who has promised them a glowing future or do they want to fix the current elite democracy and fight for one that is more just and inclusive. When I was writing this book nearly all of last year, it was a very lonely occupation. But now that it is out of the bag, so to speak, I find myself surprised, amazed and grateful for the wonderful reception from my colleagues in media. I was only able to tell them at such a very short notice that I was soft launching this book on Marcos Martial Law: Never Again. But they came. And those who didn't sent words of support.