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

Ampatuan - Zaldy - reporters watching - july 21-11

  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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Thank you, Supreme Court, for being revolutionary by allowing live coverage of the Maguindanao massacre trial

Five months ago, Chief Justice Renato Corona was the main speaker of the Foreign Correspondents of the Philippines (FOCAP) Prospects Forum. He was naturally grilled but he took it all in stride. I’d like to share again with you all my close encounter with Chief Justice Corona and what he told me about allowing live coverage of the Maguindano masacre: […]

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