Copyright owners have more rights than heinous crime victims with Congress’ IP Code changes – lawyers say

Exclusive By Raïssa Robles The amended Intellectual Property Code, Republic Act 8293, allows warrantless searches and raids and seizure – a violation of the Bill of Rights of the 1987 Constitution. Several lawyers said the amended law actually gives copyright owners more rights than victims of such crimes as murder, rape and terrorism. It gives the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) […]

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The legislative history of amendments to the Intellectual Property Code (RA 8293)

Below is the history of how amendments to Republic Act 8293 became law in the 15th Congress. And who supported it. This is another law that has been over 10 years in the making. I am now writing Part 2 and am being guided by your questions and  comments. Thanks.   Intellectual property amendments legislative history from raissarobles

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Congress erased every Filipino’s right to bring home music, movies and books from abroad


Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Everyday, many Filipinos arrive in Manila, bringing back with them books as well as  DVDs and CDs of music and movies they bought in other countries for their personal use. They can do this without fear of being questioned because it’s a right specifically granted “to persons or families arriving from foreign countries” under Section 190 […]

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GOOD NEWS: Manila to have newer international airport terminal by year-end

Exclusive By Raïssa Robles While monitoring the Supreme Court hearing on the cybercrime law yesterday, I was drawn to this tiny business story that broke, which would have a strong impact on our tourism, millions of Filipinos flying in and out of the country and on the economy. Transport Secretary Joseph Abaya announced he will soon sign a US$45 million […]

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Did mining or condoms cause the Compostela tragedy?


Exclusive By Raïssa Robles We need to know what caused the recent tragedy. We need to know because a lot of misinformation and disinformation are swirling around over the sudden death of hundreds of Filipinos, buried under tons of mud that cascaded down the nearly bald mountain ranges surrounding Compostela Valley at the height of Typhoon Pablo. An anti-mining group […]

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PNOY Government: Top marks for anti-corruption


But barely passing for anti-crime By Raïssa Robles It’s remarkable. President Benigno Aquino has yet to be mired in a major money scandal two years into his presidency. No senior official in the Executive Department has been tainted with graft to this day despite temptation being everywhere. Of course we do not know if a scandal has already happened and […]

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How a dead cellphone led to the controversial P1.8 billion Peace Bonds


  By Raissa Robles   [I’d like to share this investigative story I wrote for South China Morning Post in 2002, to help shed light on the Peace Bonds controversy. This is how they did it and why they did it.  And if you’re wondering why top banks and businessmen are now supporting the tax breaks given to the Peace […]

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Lowly tomato could hurt PNoy government

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  By Raîssa Robles For lunch today, we decided to eat tacos made by my hubby Alan. Because we had no tomatoes for the delicious salsa, I went to the corner store to buy some. I was shocked when the seller told me that nine small tomatoes cost P38.65 because prices had shot up to 75 pesos per kilo. That’s […]

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“Airlines are like (sexy) toys for the big boys”- PAL president Jaime Bautista

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  By Raïssa Robles Those businessmen, Filipino contract workers and other passengers who are angry due to canceled flights of Philippine Airlines should keep this in mind – that what they deem essential is only a rich man’s plaything. I would not have believed I heard this from the mouth of PAL president Jaime Bautista himself if I had not […]

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