By Raïssa Robles - I've just come from the July 4 Independence Day reception of the US Embassy in Manila. July-4,-2016---1 Normally, I don't attend such affairs. But it was my first time to be invited. And I was curious to see who among the members of President Rodrigo Duterte's government would show up, considering that Duterte himself had made noises critical of the US government.
By Raïssa Robles - Much of the conflict in the Philippines arise from squabbles over land and how to use it. For decades, wealthy and the powerful personalities have controlled land use. Thanks to them, many of our mountains are nearly bald from logging. And now, they are training their sights on the valuable ore lying beneath vast tracts of land. Many of these areas happen to be collectively owned by indigenous communities. Here is my latest story on the battle over land, which appeared today in South China Morning Post (HK).
It's no wonder Vice-President Leni Robredo was excluded - By Raïssa Robles - The legally elected vice president isn’t welcome. But the children of the country’s worst political criminal will be honored guests. The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' daughter Imee herself confirmed that she was going to Malacañang Palace tomorrow for the presidential inauguration.
By Raïssa Robles - I'd like to share with you all a piece I just did for South China Morning Post (HK) on the fact that no independent media will be covering live one of the most important events in Philippine history - the swearing in of the 16th President of the Republic. Nor will the general public be present.
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.
By Raïssa Robles - I feel it in my bones. We are about to enter a menacing period in our history.
Transfers it from the Grandstand to a road beside a mall - By Raïssa Robles - Two weeks ago, vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos announced his Miting de Avance would be held at the Quirino Grandstand. The announcement was made in a meme showing a triumphant looking Bongbong with text bragging that "after almost 4 decades of silence", the plunderer's son was inviting everyone to his coming out bash.
And say he would summon the Army to destroy Congress should it stop his war against drugs - By Raïssa Robles - Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte today claimed he was not joking when he talked about the rape-slay of 36-year-old Australian lay missionary Jaqueline Hamill in 1989 during a rally at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City last April 12.
You can also avail of free delivery anywhere in the Philippines reached by courier service - By Raïssa Robles - The iconic La Solidaridad book shop along Padre Faura, Manila, owned by National Artist F. Sionil Jose and his wife, is now carrying my book.
Can the Marcoses be charged in court using their dad's "anti-fencing" decree? - Analysis by Raïssa Robles - Don't be fooled by what the Marcoses are saying – that Imelda is “disappointed” and Imee is “surprised” that the unico hijo is only running for VP. That's the spin the first family of crime wants the public to believe. That Baby Marcos is not running for the presidency, but the spare tire position underneath.