President Gloria Arroyo gave Chinese consular officials and their relatives full diplomatic immunity

By Raïssa Robles - Ordinarily, consular officials enjoy only limited diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention. However, a 2009 agreement - signed by the Arroyo government represented by Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo, and the People's Republic of China represented by Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi - broadened the diplomatic immunity of consular officials and their relatives of both countries.

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Clooney case for GMA could backfire, says New York-based human rights lawyer

By Raïssa Robles - The unprecedented case filed by Amal Clooney for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo could backfire on the detained ex-President, according to the director of the Reparative Justice Programme of the International Centre for Transitional Justice in New York.

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Binay: the new Noli de Castro?

Analysis by Raissa Robles - The latest survey results have yet to come in, but one thing seems clear: if President Benigno Aquino III were to be unseated from office, people do not want him replaced by his rightful constitutional successor - Vice President Jejomar Binay. It is the reason, I believe, that efforts to unseat the president have not gotten off the ground. Even people furious at Aquino for what they think is his thorough mishandling of the Mamasapano tragedy pause when they consider who’ll step up should Aquino step down. The ongoing Senate investigation into Binay’s alleged corruption have provided months of jaw-dropping TV revelations to the public, and have planted an idea, fair or not, what a Binay presidency might be like.

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Is PNoy’s meeting with Sen. Bong Revilla like GMA’s phone call to Garci?

Some people seemed shocked that PNoy would meet with opposition Senator Revilla, while the latter was a senator-judge at the Senate impeachment trial of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona....I wasn't shocked. I was amused.

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Convict abducted from prison? Arroyo needs New York treatment?

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

By Raïssa Robles I could not help but shake my head and laugh when I heard on noontime news that the convicted murderer Rolito Go has gone missing from inside the national penitentiary compound. Then his family told authorities that he had been kidnapped and  his abductors were demanding P1 million. It’s a neat alibi in case he’s found. Or […]

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I tried getting some SALNs from Congress What do you think happened?


By Raïssa Robles UPDATE as of 8:50 PM, July 26, 2012 – My hubby-editor Alan changed the head to this. You’d think that with everything that happened during the impeachment of Renato Corona as top judge, government officials especially congressmen would open up and be more transparent with revealing their wealth. Nope, sorry. Just before Congress resumed its sessions, I […]

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With GMA out on bail, the 2013 elections just got more interesting


Exclusive analysis By Raïssa Robles Politics in the Philippines is always like a teleserye: One moment you’re up, the next moment you’re down. Like the former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Her bail today triggers immense possibilities for political mischief and could bring the 2013 polls to an early boil. Arroyo has seemingly lost most of her powerful political allies like Cebu […]

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2012 Political Forecast: “Something unexpected” in the Year of the Black Water Dragon


By Raïssa Robles This Year 2012, or the Year of the Black Water Dragon, one Chinese horoscope predicts that “something unexpected will happen.” That’s putting it mildly if applied to rapidly unfolding political events in the country.   Long before the dragon sets foot on the celestial plain this February 4, two events have already occurred that would affect the […]

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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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Thank you Oliver Lozano for raising Supreme Court’s disgraceful past

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  By Raïssa Robles I read with great interest a Philippine Star story on lawyer Oliver Lozano’s impeachment complaint filed against President Benigno Aquino III entitled ‘Direct assault on SC another impeachable offense.’ Lozano implied that PNoy was worse than dictator Ferdinand Marcos because PNoy had publicly castigated Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. Lozano was quoted as saying the following: “Even […]

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