Law Dean told me he's willing to petition SC in behalf of these lolos accused of raping minors - Exclusive By Raïssa Robles - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile has been granted bail despite the fact that he is accused of a capital crime – plunder - that is supposed to be non-bailable. Enrile's bail has caused an uproar. Harvard law graduate Oscar Franklin Tan wrote a highly provocative column entitled - Would you grant bail if it was not Enrile? Likewise, Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, Dean of the San Beda Graduate School of Law, wrote: “I wonder: Had bail been granted a 91-year old farmer charged with a crime punishable by reclusion perpetua, would there have been strenuous objections? So, it seems that the protest is directed not really at the justness of the decision, but because it is Enrile involved. “ I'm not a lawyer, just an observer. So' I'd like to suggest, let's test the premises of both Atty. Tan and Fr. Rannie with actual cases.
I'm posting a comment made by one of us on the bail of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. @canadadry has a right to be heard on this issue. It is what millions of Filipinos fought for in Edsa in 1986. - raissa By canadadry When majority of the Supreme Court Justices reverse a long standing just principle to simply accommodate an influential politician, a democratic nation claiming to have founded on the ideals of justice, equality and fairness for all leaves its existence open to question.
By Raïssa Robles - Just a short note on this matter. There are many parties that would be interested in seeing Senator Grace Poe disqualified from the presidential race. But there is one party that would be very much interested to see her thrown out of the Senate at this time because she allegedly lacks the two-year residency requirement.
By Raïssa Robles - Some people might get the impression that Sen. Serge Osmeña is just shooting his mouth off talking about the various presidential and vice-presidential candidates. Earlier, he had advised Senator Grace Poe to run for VP. Then he said that Congresswoman Leni Robredo could win hands down over Senator Chiz Escudero in the VP race if she was “packaged properly.”
By Raïssa Robles - In the year 2009, two months before the deadline for filing of candidacy for 2010 presidential race, Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero gave me a one-on-one interview. He was then running third in voters' preference surveys. Even then I sensed a certain hesitation on his part to answer questions that began with the phrase - "if you were president" - or - "what would you do if you became president." His ambivalence became more apparent as weeks went by.
By Raïssa Robles - July is usually a month when Congress reporters hardly have anything to write about because our honorable legislators are on recess (read – vacationing abroad). Some lawmakers use this lull to try to grab media attention. As an example, look at Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos. His spin doctors are no doubt telling him that this year, he should project himself on the national stage, with an eye on next year’s presidential election.
by Raïssa Robles - Are you confused and even afraid of what's happening in Philippine politics right now? Well, think of it as political spring-cleaning. As if someone upended a drawer full of stuff and Filipinos are in the process of looking through, deciding what to throw, or keep and whatnot. Love it or hate it, President Benigno Aquino changed the rules of the political game. At no other time in our country’s history do you find so many top officials detained and undergoing trial for corruption. At the latest count, we have one president-turned-congresswoman, one ex-presidential spouse, three senators, one retired national police chief, one former Supreme Court chief Justice, one governor, and at least two congressmen, all undergoing trial for corruption.
Here is the analysis I shared at today's forum on the proposed Freedom of Information law organized by the Asia Society. I compared and contrasted the version of the House of Representatives with that of the Senate. It is not my aim to cast aspersions on the bills. My aim is to help improve it. It is not yet too late. I have uploaded at the end of this piece the Senate and House versions of the FOI so you can compare them yourself. UPDATE: Dec. 2, 2014 6:00 AM. Congressman Barry Gutierrez has joined Cyber Plaza Miranda to defend the House version of the FOI bill. He is one of the main sponsors. His comment is at No. 5. You can ask him questions directly and tell him your reactions to the bill. First, the good news – both the House and Senate versions will require all government websites to display content in the country's major languages and not just in English.
Hi guys, I will be a panelist at tomorrow's wide-ranging discussion on the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) law at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in a forum organized by the Asia Society. I said yes to the invite because I will be the lone panelist speaking for professional journalists. I will be talking partly from my own experience digging up information in the bowels of the government bureaucracy.
By Raïssa Robles - Thirty one years after leaving the Marcos government, former senator Vicente Paterno , finally broke his silence about what he really thought of Marcos in a memoir which he personally launched a week before dying peacefully in his sleep. Earlier, just before his November 11 book launching, I was sent a copy of the draft manuscript and I had noted the glaring absence of his personal assessment of Marcos' heinous crimes.