My acceptance speech for the ‘Excellence in Journalism’ award from the International Christian Organisation of the Media in Geneva

By Raïssa Robles Good evening. I would like to thank the International Christian Organisation of the Media for this highly unexpected award. I would also like to thank Jose Aranas, Editor of the Focolare New City Magazine, who nominated me. It is one that I will cherish, knowing that this award was only made possible with the help of so many people. I have a very lengthy 'thank you' list in my book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again.

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Marcos Martial Law: Never Again book is back in National Book Store

Our book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again is back in National Book Store. NBS Trinoma now has copies of the Third Printing of our book. To make the process even faster, I would like to ask all those who had placed orders with particular National Book Store branches to please call these stores and tell them to pick up copies of the books from the NBS warehouse.

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How Ferdinand Marcos plotted and imposed Martial Law

Read or download this excerpt from Chapter 1 of Marcos Martial: Never Again book - By Raïssa Robles - With the sudden heightened interest on Martial Law, let me share with you excerpts from Chapter One of our Marcos Martial Law: Never Again book. This book is actually a study of a "benevolent" dictatorship. Chapter 1 narrates how Marcos made extensive preparations to impose military rule and how he actually carried it out. The chapter is based, among others, on Marcos' own diaries, on face-to-face interviews with military officers who took part in the imposition, on recently declassified papers from the United States including the Nixon papers and dispatches to and from the US Embassy in Manila.

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Meet Ferdinand Marcos


An excerpt from CHAPTER 1 of "Marcos Martial Law: Never Again" by Raïssa Robles - President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, 55 years old in 1972, was a thin-lipped, dark-skinned wiry man who exuded a dangerous charm. He could speak in a stentorian voice, was a consummate wheeler-dealer and had eyes that never smiled even when the man was cracking a joke. He had a photographic memory and plotted political moves like a consummate chess player.

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A running blog as Supreme Court holds oral arguments on burying dictator Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani

Supreme Court

By Raïssa Robles - I'm now listening to the oral arguments on whether or not the late Ferdinand Marcos should be given a hero's burial. I will be posting on this thread.

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The proof that burying Marcos in Heroes’ Cemetery would violate the Constitution’s intent


Exclusive By Raïssa Robles - The 1987 Constitution was intended by its framers to be THE poison pill against all future dictatorships. Burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani would neutralize the potency of that antidote to prevent another dark period from emerging. The closing remarks of Justice Palma, who served as the President of Concom, clearly explains the charter’s dictator-proof features in detail and shows why burying Marcos a hero desecrates the 1987 Constitution.

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Burying Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani could also mean burying Imelda there


Just my opinion - By Raïssa Robles - I meant, when she's dead. I'm serious. It's now in the rules and regulations of Libingan ng mga Bayani, that widows of former Philippine presidents can also be interred beside their spouses.

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Let me share with you guys excerpts from Marcos Martial Law: Never Again

Here are initial links to downloadable pdfs from the Collectors Edition of our book. You can read them online or download them from the links.

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Dean Mel Sta. Maria may have found THE argument to TRO Marcos burial at Libingan


By Raïssa Robles - I'm sure dozens of lawyers are racking their brains trying to find THE argument to get the Supreme Court to issue a Temporary Restraining Order against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Cemetery for Heroes. Well, Professor Mel Sta. Maria, a constitutional law expert, may have found it. In his column today, the constitutional law expert and dean of Far Eastern University Institute of Law took apart the first section of the law that created Libingan ng mga Bayani (Republic At. No. 289).

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