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.
Read or download this excerpt from Chapter 1 of Marcos Martial: Never Again book - By Raïssa Robles - With the sudden heightened interest on Martial Law, let me share with you excerpts from Chapter One of our Marcos Martial Law: Never Again book. This book is actually a study of a "benevolent" dictatorship. Chapter 1 narrates how Marcos made extensive preparations to impose military rule and how he actually carried it out. The chapter is based, among others, on Marcos' own diaries, on face-to-face interviews with military officers who took part in the imposition, on recently declassified papers from the United States including the Nixon papers and dispatches to and from the US Embassy in Manila.
An excerpt from CHAPTER 1 of "Marcos Martial Law: Never Again" by Raïssa Robles - President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, 55 years old in 1972, was a thin-lipped, dark-skinned wiry man who exuded a dangerous charm. He could speak in a stentorian voice, was a consummate wheeler-dealer and had eyes that never smiled even when the man was cracking a joke. He had a photographic memory and plotted political moves like a consummate chess player.
By Raïssa Robles Hours after the Davao blast, a Malacañang official by the name of Peter Tiu Lavina posted this on Facebook for everyone to see. He accused, without presenting any evidence whatsoever, the “political opposition (of) providing the brains and hecklers” in “collusion” or conspiracy with the Abu Sayyaf in bombing a night market in Davao City which killed 14 and injured 67.
Exclusive By Raïssa Robles - The 1987 Constitution was intended by its framers to be THE poison pill against all future dictatorships. Burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani would neutralize the potency of that antidote to prevent another dark period from emerging. The closing remarks of Justice Palma, who served as the President of Concom, clearly explains the charter’s dictator-proof features in detail and shows why burying Marcos a hero desecrates the 1987 Constitution.
An Excerpt from the book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again by Raïssa Robles - To commemorate the death of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. on August 21, 1983, I am posting here the link from our book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again. I am grateful to our publisher, Filipinos for a Better Philippines, for allowing me to share with you this extract from the Collectors Edition.
UPDATE: Konsensya Dabaw has just told me that while tomorrow’s rally will have supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte, it will also have Dabawenyos who did not vote for Duterte. And both groups are welcome. Here is their open letter to Duterte.
Just my opinion - By Raïssa Robles - I meant, when she's dead. I'm serious. It's now in the rules and regulations of Libingan ng mga Bayani, that widows of former Philippine presidents can also be interred beside their spouses.
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.
Here are initial links to downloadable pdfs from the Collectors Edition of our book. You can read them online or download them from the links.