Talk to the hand: Do President Duterte and the self-confessed assassin Edgar Matobato sport the same hand tattoo?

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By Raïssa Robles - A reader of the blog called our attention today to a tiny mark on the left hand of the self-confessed hired gun, Edgar Matobato. It looks identical to the tattoo that President Rodrigo Duterte has on his right hand.

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You can run this Indonesian government press release on Mary Jane Veloso through “Google translate”

Soal Mary Jane, Presiden Jokowi: Presiden Filipina Duterte Izinkan Dieksekusi Oleh: Humas ; Diposkan pada: 12 Sep 2016 ; 34021 Views Kategori: Berita Presiden Jokowi menjawab pertanyaan wartawan usai melaksanakan Salat Idul Adha di Masjid Agung At Tsauroh, Serang, Banten (12/9). (Foto: Humas/Jay)

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President Duterte directed his “son of a whore” expletive at Obama, not at anybody else

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Analysis by Raïssa Robles - President Rodrigo Duterte is now trying to blame the press for his troublesome mouth, which gained him worldwide notoriety a few days ago. After calling President Barack Obama the “son of a whore”, which his aides claimed he had apologized for, (an apology which didn’t alter Obama’s decision to cancel a personal meeting with the Philippine president) Duterte seems to have decided it’s all the journalists’ fault. He accuses media of “misquoting” him and "spinning" what he said during that fateful press conference in Davao International Airport prior to his departure for Laos.

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The boy who fell from the sky

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.

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

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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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Is President Duterte violating the law by ordering a stop to ‘tanim bala’ arrests?

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Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - Tanim-balaPresident Rodrigo Duterte believes he has found the solution to “tanim bala”, one of the most embarrassing and politically damaging issues faced by the previous administration. Simply put, match the bullet with the bearer.

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Mary Jane Veloso case shows urgent need for better ASEAN coordination against drug traffickers

Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - In the early morning hours when Mary Jane Veloso was supposed to be executed, I couldn’t sleep. I was kept awake thinking how she could have been saved by simple transnational police work on the day she was arrested. If only there was some kind of a mechanism, procedure or protocol among ASEAN countries that could have verified what Veloso had told airport security the day she was arrested.

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Justice official turns “cyber-bullying” into a criminal offense without Congress’ approval

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Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Cyber-bullying was never mentioned in the Cybercrime Prevention Law or Republic Act No. 10175 that the Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional. And yet the draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) that Justice Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy released to the media not only adds a new section on cyber-bullying...

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