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.
An Excerpt from the book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again by Raïssa Robles - To commemorate the death of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. on August 21, 1983, I am posting here the link from our book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again. I am grateful to our publisher, Filipinos for a Better Philippines, for allowing me to share with you this extract from the Collectors Edition.
By Raïssa Robles - And I thought the communist rebels said they would, after President Rodrigo Duterte called on them to help him in his drug war by targeting drug traffickers. Still, this could all be part of the noise in the negotiations between the government and the rebels in the run-up to forge a peace agreement. The negotiations are unique in Philippine history. This is the first time I've seen the President directly negotiating with the top communist leader himself, and both engaging in a word war.
UPDATE: Konsensya Dabaw has just told me that while tomorrow’s rally will have supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte, it will also have Dabawenyos who did not vote for Duterte. And both groups are welcome. Here is their open letter to Duterte.
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.
Introduction of the book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again - By Raïssa Robles - On the morning of May 31, 1977, residents of Antipolo — a mountainous municipality just east of Manila — saw a military helicopter circling low over a deserted area. Minutes later something fell out of the helicopter onto the rocks below. Then the aircraft clattered away.
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.
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).
By Raïssa Robles - President Rodrigo Duterte has been making jokes about military coups being launched against him in successive days. What he and his aides never ever mention is that Duterte is a proud member of a military-civilian group that once staged a series of bloody coup attempts against the late President Corazon Aquino in order to reinstate the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Recently, I got this curious query from my editor in South China Morning Post, who noticed that Duterte had a tiny tattoo on his hand. It was unusual for a head of state to have a tattoo, he said, explaining why he wanted to know more about its origin. And so I asked Duterte's former schoolmate, presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza. And it turned out, Dureza has the same tattoo.
Just my opinion by Raissa Robles - Finally, a lawmaker has spoken up about the real reason for charter change.