Below is an excerpt of the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte's noon press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport today. I really don't know why the presidential palace has to place his curse words in asterisks. No reporter is below 18 anyway.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 A couple who admitted to working as hired guns for the Philippine police recently talked to journalist Jamela Alindogan-Caudron. Their kill fee? The equivalent of US$200 per job order.
By Raïssa Robles - President Rodrigo Roa Duterte told members of Congress today that his war against drugs will continue. He was silent, though, on Marcos burial, death penalty revival and "Endo"
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.
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.