Political dynasties and the Maguindanao massacre

Just my opinion By Raïssa Robles Assassinations seem to be an accepted part of our political culture. Every election season brings a body count, sometimes high, sometimes low. But always, ALWAYS, someone dies during election season. Three years ago, 58 people in Ampatuan, Maguindanao including 33  journalists, died. Today, the massacre case is hardly moving. The fact that the nation’s […]

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Policing the Police


[I would like to share this article which remains relevant today, although written over a year ago by Alan Robles. I would like to thank D+C, the monthly publication funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, for allowing me to publish this.] The police’ official motto is “we serve and protect”. Filipinos might well ask – whom? By […]

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Part 2: Why did GMA treat Ampatuans as rebels, not suspected mass killers?


  By Raïssa Robles In journalism, you’re not supposed to start your stories with questions. But in the case of the 2009 massacre of 57 people in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, I think the questions are the story itself. I don’t have the answers to these questions two years after the bloodbath. Maybe Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the former President of the Strong Republic, […]

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Part 1: The Maguindanao massacre was a deadly quarrel inside Arroyo’s camp


  By Raïssa Robles As my contribution to this day of remembering, I’d like to share with you all what I wrote two days after the Ampatuan massacre. I thought I had lost this piece forever when my original site went down due to hacking. Fortunately I found it again today. The post-massacre photos in this piece were taken and […]

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Moro rebel chief negotiator confirms to me Wikileaks cable that assassination was in their dinner talk with US diplomat

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  My exclusive By Raïssa Robles   Over dinner last year, Muslim rebel negotiators told an American diplomat and two US aid officials that their group had been urged to conduct political assassinations, according to a Wikileaks US embassy from Manila cable. Due to the sensitive nature of the cable, which Wikileaks made public only this month, I decided to […]

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Why seeing the reporters covering Zaldy Ampatuan’s hospitalization made my skin crawl

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  By Raîssa Robles Most Filipinos, when they pose before a camera, automatically squeeze their faces into a smile. It was the same for the reporters yesterday who had to stake out a grim subject at the Philippine Heart Center – Zaldy Ampatuan who is accused of conspiring in the mass murder of 57 people, including 32 journalists. Thank you, […]

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Dear Pres. Aquino, accepting Zaldy’s offer will get all Ampatuans off the hook

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Here’s my proof By Raïssa Robles If the Aquino government believes Zaldy Ampatuan’s version of the massacre, it will have to throw away one vital state witness who has consistently said he not only heard and saw Zaldy Ampatuan, his dad Andal Sr. and younger brother Andal Jr. plan the massacre together. This witness also said he was part of […]

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