A challenge to President Duterte’s supporters


By Raïssa Robles Those who profess to support President Rodrigo Duterte and who are living in the US or enjoying US visas - especially the 10-year ones - should put their money where their mouths are. They should publicly tear up their US visas. And while they are at it, they should tell their children they can't study in the US. Study in China, by Gaaaaad.

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Marcos Martial Law: Never Again book is back in National Book Store

Our book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again is back in National Book Store. NBS Trinoma now has copies of the Third Printing of our book. To make the process even faster, I would like to ask all those who had placed orders with particular National Book Store branches to please call these stores and tell them to pick up copies of the books from the NBS warehouse.

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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

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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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Here’s my 2010 profile on Vice-President Binay based on my one-on-one interview with him

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Below is the piece I wrote for South China Morning Post, based on my June 29,2010 one-on-one interview with Vice-President Jejomar Binay. I am posting it with my editor's permission. - Vice-president has credentials as champion of poor Tuesday, 06 July, 2010, 12:00am - Raissa Robles in Manila - The new Philippine vice-president, Jejomar Binay, has a highly unusual but apt given name. It is a short form for the biblical Holy Family - Jesus, Mary, Joseph - which in the Filipino language is pronounced 'Susmaryosep', an exclamation of surprise and disbelief.

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Martial Law in brief – just kidding

In celebration of the People Power anniversary, which many people seem to have swept aside because of the standoff in Sabah, my hubby Alan wrote the following humor column. It’s nostalgic for him in a way because he began writing humor columns during the dark days of Martial Law, when laughing about the dictatorship was the only way to ease […]

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Enrile retracts the ‘Act of Contrition’ he made when he thought he was facing death in 1986


Here’s proof Exclusive by Raïssa Robles In February 1986 when Juan Ponce Enrile thought he might die, he made a public ‘Act of Contrition’ where he revealed that the 1972 ambush of himself that had been used as a pretext for declaring Martial Law had been faked. As a result, people’s distrust of Enrile melted and they came by the […]

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Ninoy Aquino’s death van


“I have decided to challenge death. I do not believe I’m sinning against my creator because in the end, I am not really my own executioner. By my example, I hope I can inspire two others. Like the dominoes, one has to fall to create the chain reaction.” – Ninoy   Twenty-nine years ago, one stubborn man did the unexpected. […]

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Estelito Mendoza: Champion for “the wrong side”

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  By Raïssa Robles When obscenely rich and powerful Filipinos get into legal trouble, who do they turn to? Estelito Mendoza. When then President Joseph Estrada faced a Senate impeachment trial, who defended him? Estelito Mendoza. When former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently tried to skip the country ahead of an imminent electoral sabotage case, who went on her behalf to […]

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