Ampatuan lawyer wants live massacre trial coverage; but his client does not


Exclusive By Raïssa Robles The Ampatuan family lawyer Sigfrid Fortun told me just now that he still favors live media coverage of the Maguindanao massacre trial, but his client does not. I asked Atty. Fortun to clarify what he had told me three and a half months ago, after I read today’s report that the Supreme Court decided to bar […]

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Part 2: Why did GMA treat Ampatuans as rebels, not suspected mass killers?


  By Raïssa Robles In journalism, you’re not supposed to start your stories with questions. But in the case of the 2009 massacre of 57 people in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, I think the questions are the story itself. I don’t have the answers to these questions two years after the bloodbath. Maybe Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the former President of the Strong Republic, […]

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Part 1: The Maguindanao massacre was a deadly quarrel inside Arroyo’s camp


  By Raïssa Robles As my contribution to this day of remembering, I’d like to share with you all what I wrote two days after the Ampatuan massacre. I thought I had lost this piece forever when my original site went down due to hacking. Fortunately I found it again today. The post-massacre photos in this piece were taken and […]

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Al Jazeera’s Rica Pedrosa makes a searing, personal documentary on Martial Law

  She waylays Imelda Marcos the way no Filipino has yet  Our very good friend Veronica Pedrosa made this highly personal documentary which I would recommend for viewing. Not only because my journalist-hubby Alan comes out at the start before film director Joel Lamangan. But because Rica puts Martial Law and the Marcoses in the context that they  ought to […]

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Dear Pres. Aquino, accepting Zaldy’s offer will get all Ampatuans off the hook

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Here’s my proof By Raïssa Robles If the Aquino government believes Zaldy Ampatuan’s version of the massacre, it will have to throw away one vital state witness who has consistently said he not only heard and saw Zaldy Ampatuan, his dad Andal Sr. and younger brother Andal Jr. plan the massacre together. This witness also said he was part of […]

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Thank you, Supreme Court, for being revolutionary by allowing live coverage of the Maguindanao massacre trial

Five months ago, Chief Justice Renato Corona was the main speaker of the Foreign Correspondents of the Philippines (FOCAP) Prospects Forum. He was naturally grilled but he took it all in stride. I’d like to share again with you all my close encounter with Chief Justice Corona and what he told me about allowing live coverage of the Maguindano masacre: […]

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