President Duterte, who jokes about military coups, is a member of a military-civilian group that once staged coups to reinstate Marcos


By Raïssa Robles - President Rodrigo Duterte has been making jokes about military coups being launched against him in successive days. What he and his aides never ever mention is that Duterte is a proud member of a military-civilian group that once staged a series of bloody coup attempts against the late President Corazon Aquino in order to reinstate the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Recently, I got this curious query from my editor in South China Morning Post, who noticed that Duterte had a tiny tattoo on his hand. It was unusual for a head of state to have a tattoo, he said, explaining why he wanted to know more about its origin. And so I asked Duterte's former schoolmate, presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza. And it turned out, Dureza has the same tattoo.

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My book on Marcos Martial Law will be formally launched March 31 in Ateneo, QC

Martial Law signage

My dear colleagues in Cyber Plaza Miranda, Facebook, Twitter and the Internet - By Raissa Robles - I wanted to announce to you first when the formal book launching will be - two Thursdays from now, on March 31, 2016 in the afternoon at the Ateneo de Manila University. I would very much appreciate it if you and your friends could come.

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Marwan’s e-mails show his closeness to MILF Commander Tundok

But why gov't needs to deal with MILF - Commentary By Raïssa Robles - E-mails between the slain bomber Zulkifli Abdhir, alias Marwan, and his brother Rahmat Abdhir bare a brisk trade in weaponry in the south, even between rebels and soldiers.

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Is the coup season upon us again?

Even as I write this, political forces against the Aquino administration are furiously plotting how to exploit the Mamasapano fiasco in order to bring down the government of President Benigno Aquino III. In the light of this, let me share with you a think piece which my journo-husband Alan wrote about coup attempts.It's time to refresh our knowledge about coups.

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The slain police commandos and the “Moro problem”

Ninoy on plane

By Raissa Robles - When I watched the coffins of the slain police commandos at the airport today, I felt very, very sad and pained that the Mindanao wars which started nearly half a century ago continues to this day. I also realized by looking at the feeds on the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter that those living outside Mindanao had little grasp of the violent history that has engulfed the island of Mindanao. The shocking sight of 44 dead bodies in neat rows today was probably one of the rare times that people in Manila have witnessed the deadly consequences of the Mindanao wars.

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Questions on the police commandos’ death in Mindanao from a student of military history

Ever since I can remember, my hubby Alan has always been reading books on military history and battles in various countries if he's not playing a war strategy game on his PC. And our library is stuffed to the ceiling with such books. Part of our dates were spent playing Panzer Leader and the Arab-Israeli war board games. This was how I learned a little about tactics during battles. At times, I even won :), but that was rare. Perhaps because of this, I know that what he says about military operations makes a lot of sense. I am therefore sharing the many questions he has been asking aloud ever since news broke over the death of the police commandos in Mindanao.

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US agrees not to bring in nukes into the Philippines

By Raissa Robles - Manila and Washington are CLOSE to signing an agreement that will see more American troops, more planes and warships but no nukes coming into the Philippines in what both sides euphemistically call “expanded military presence.” Today, after the eighth round of talks – a far cry from the acrimonious talks that were held in the 1990s to renew the presence of US military bases – both sides agreed to “key points.”

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Godspeed, General Dan Lucero

I’ve just heard from GMA News reporter Maki Pulido that one of the good guys in the military is gone. She said Brigadier General Dan Lucero had either a heart attack or a scuba diving accident died after experiencing dizziness after scuba diving this afternoon at about 3 PM 1:55 PM. To find out more about the circumstance of his […]

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What would an ‘All-Out War’ in Mindanao cost us?

All-Out War bullets

  By Raïssa Robles   “The government has captured the hive but the angry bees have escaped and are regrouping to attack.” A Moro National Liberation Front official said right after the fall of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s Camp Abubakar following President Joseph Estrada’s  All-Out War in 2000 To get an estimate of the costs, let’s look at the […]

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