An excerpt from CHAPTER 1 of "Marcos Martial Law: Never Again" by Raïssa Robles - President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, 55 years old in 1972, was a thin-lipped, dark-skinned wiry man who exuded a dangerous charm. He could speak in a stentorian voice, was a consummate wheeler-dealer and had eyes that never smiled even when the man was cracking a joke. He had a photographic memory and plotted political moves like a consummate chess player.
Duterte also explains why he was wearing black suspenders beneath his barong - By Raïssa Robles - Three months after telling professional journalists "don't fuck with me", President Rodrigo Duterte has suddenly become more pleasant and even accommodating.
Analysis by Raïssa Robles - President Rodrigo Duterte is now trying to blame the press for his troublesome mouth, which gained him worldwide notoriety a few days ago. After calling President Barack Obama the “son of a whore”, which his aides claimed he had apologized for, (an apology which didn’t alter Obama’s decision to cancel a personal meeting with the Philippine president) Duterte seems to have decided it’s all the journalists’ fault. He accuses media of “misquoting” him and "spinning" what he said during that fateful press conference in Davao International Airport prior to his departure for Laos.
Analysis by Raïssa Robles Having immersed myself all of last year and the better half of this year on the late Dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ “Proclamations” and other issuance, I feel I have some working knowledge on the topic of emergency laws....Now there’s a certain Section in Duterte’s Proclamation No. 55 which caught my eye.
By Raïssa Robles Hours after the Davao blast, a Malacañang official by the name of Peter Tiu Lavina posted this on Facebook for everyone to see. He accused, without presenting any evidence whatsoever, the “political opposition (of) providing the brains and hecklers” in “collusion” or conspiracy with the Abu Sayyaf in bombing a night market in Davao City which killed 14 and injured 67.
An Exclusive - By Raïssa Robles - Colonel Eduardo Matillano, then a young military, was one of the few officers who was made to face a military court for conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. In the end, he and his fellow accused were acquitted from charges of torturing Trinidad Herrera. Below is Col. Matillano's side of the story, which I wrote in the book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again:
By Raïssa Robles I did not realize that the Supreme Court oral arguments were continuing right now, as I write this. I took a break to eat, wash dishes and put up the wash, since it is a sunny day. My God, I tuned in on the oral arguments just in time to hear Loretta Ann Rosales, former chair of the Human rights Commission narrate her torture. It is the very, very first time that the Supreme Court is hearing en banc - and it is beaming the audio on livestream - the actual stories of torture victims.
By Raïssa Robles - As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether or not to allow a hero's burial for Marcos, we have to keep in mind that the third branch of government has still not faced what it did to help legitimize the Marcos dictatorship. In the past, I had pointed out how the High Court glossed over its shameful history during Martial Law. After I pointed it out, the court removed the history. But it quietly posted the following on its website. The history is still a cop-out (see those portions I boldfaced in red.)
By Raïssa Robles - I'm now listening to the oral arguments on whether or not the late Ferdinand Marcos should be given a hero's burial. I will be posting on this thread.
Exclusive By Raïssa Robles - The 1987 Constitution was intended by its framers to be THE poison pill against all future dictatorships. Burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani would neutralize the potency of that antidote to prevent another dark period from emerging. The closing remarks of Justice Palma, who served as the President of Concom, clearly explains the charter’s dictator-proof features in detail and shows why burying Marcos a hero desecrates the 1987 Constitution.