By Raïssa Robles - Personally, I have always wanted a Philippine president: who would place the welfare of the poor and the middle class in all his policy decisions; who would tell mining corporations to give much more to the Philippine government and to the host-communities, as well as crack down on practices that destroy the environment; who would be critical of American support and demand more for allowing Americans limited access to Philippine territory; who would seriously take steps to end the decades-long communist and Muslim insurgencies; who would encourage couples to space the births of their children, teach them various ways of family planning and leave them to make a choice; who would tell the Catholic Church it's high time for the institution to clean up its act; and who would be tough on crime and criminals.
Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc had the balls to look at the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the face and tell him off, after he inaugurated himself as president for the nth time. I am reprinting below the piece that got her fired from Panorama magazine, that inspired other writers to carry on the fight. She is gone now, but her fighting spirit lives on. This piece, along with the explanation is from The Philippine Press UNDER SIEGE, published by the National Press Club and Committee to Protect Writers in 1984, when it had become even more dangerous to fight the regime.
Before asking this set of questions on the 1983 assassination of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., I asked his president-son about a new Securities and Exchange Commission decision to ban journalists and researchers from using the "reverse search" function of the SEC database. Here is my question, which Aquino said he would still look into.
Hi guys, I am deeply honored to attend next week's Global Media Forum by Deutsche Welle in Bonn, courtesy of the Federal Republic of Germany. The invite to me as a journalist-blogger came out of the blue. I'd like to thank those in the German Federal Foreign Office who recommended me to attend this forum because I am not officially employed by any news publication or outfit. I'm basically a creature of the digital age – a freelancer who has added her voice to the multifaceted discussions on global issues, thanks to the Internet.
By Raïssa Robles - The following, so-called “White Paper” on media pay-offs is is being spread around via e-mail to media men. A reporter passed it on to me because my name was on it. Whoever made up this White Paper must be: a) old b) digitally-challenged c) out of touch with this century
By Raïssa Robles - Hotmanila, the satirical political website of my hubby Alan has been hacked, ostensibly to deliver this message to President Benigno Aquino III: "We are watching you, Mr. President." The hacking apparently took place after Aquino was severely criticized by netizens for showing up late at the wake of the police commandos yesterday.
The Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), of which I am a member, issued this statement of solidarity today following the killing of 10 journalists in Paris Wednesday. Journalists working in the Philippines have themselves experienced threats to press freedom.
Here is the full video of the Question and Answer portion of President Benigno Aquino's forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP). FOCAP would welcome a similar forum with Vice-President Jejomar Binay.
My reply to Prof. Oscar Franklin Tan's question on libel by Raïssa Robles - Be very cautious when publishing blind items about individuals, I recently told journalism students in Cebu. Because "if you later write a piece that gives the identity of that person away you can be sued. Because under Philippine law, one can be sued for libel based on your body of works and not just on one piece," I said. I did not expect a prominent graduate of Harvard Law school to comment on this particular phrase
Just my opinion By Raïssa Robles I had not expected this. I thought few would be interested in reading about the Marcoses at a time when the Binays are the hot topic. To all those who shared and read my piece, I would like to thank them all. One thing the Internet has done for writers is to give us almost instant reader feedback. Until I started this blog, I had been used to writing in isolation. But as I said, I wasn't expecting that many people to read it. I thought it would be treated as just a period piece to mark a dark anniversary.