What accused torturer, Colonel Eduardo Matillano, told me about torture during Martial Law

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:

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A First in Philippine legal history: stories of torture victims land in Supreme Court records

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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.

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Philippine Supreme Court, to this day, continues to deny its shameful past during the Marcos dictatorship

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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.)

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A running blog as Supreme Court holds oral arguments on burying dictator Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani

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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.

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The proof that burying Marcos in Heroes’ Cemetery would violate the Constitution’s intent

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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.

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Yuppie call center agent says police came calling cause his name was on the drug watch list although he’s not a drug addict

By Raïssa Robles - Yesterday, Peter Tiu Lavina - the mainstay of Rodrigo Duterte's social media team - posted this on Facebook: "To win the war against drugs, we need to be resolute like #PresidentDuterte. There should be no neutrals in this righteous crusade against evil. Let those fence-sitting nitpicking Humpty Dumpties realize that they are derailing our total victory against this menace. They are clearly on the side of if not protecting the drug lords." I found this post highly disturbing because it comes from an official of Malacanang Palace.

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You can now download book excerpt on – “The killing of Ninoy Aquino: the turning point”

An Excerpt from the book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again by Raïssa Robles - To commemorate the death of Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. on August 21, 1983, I am posting here the link from our book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again. I am grateful to our publisher, Filipinos for a Better Philippines, for allowing me to share with you this extract from the Collectors Edition.

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Communist Party now says it won’t help President Duterte with his “anti-people ‘drug war'”

By Raïssa Robles - And I thought the communist rebels said they would, after President Rodrigo Duterte called on them to help him in his drug war by targeting drug traffickers. Still, this could all be part of the noise in the negotiations between the government and the rebels in the run-up to forge a peace agreement. The negotiations are unique in Philippine history. This is the first time I've seen the President directly negotiating with the top communist leader himself, and both engaging in a word war.

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Pro-Duterte and non-Duterte supporters to stage rally in Davao City tomorrow to ask him to bury Marcos in Batac

UPDATE: Konsensya Dabaw has just told me that while tomorrow’s rally will have supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte, it will also have Dabawenyos who did not vote for Duterte. And both groups are welcome. Here is their open letter to Duterte.

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Burying Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani could also mean burying Imelda there

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Just my opinion - By Raïssa Robles - I meant, when she's dead. I'm serious. It's now in the rules and regulations of Libingan ng mga Bayani, that widows of former Philippine presidents can also be interred beside their spouses.

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