Here’s my surprise – a 2-hour long exclusive interview with President Aquino


Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - Suddenly last Thursday, I finally obtained an interview with President Aquino. Here is an excerpt from the first story on Vietnam and the Philippines that appeared today on the newly launched website of South China Morning Post.

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Foreign PR firm asks Pinoys: Rate your brand new dictator

I can still remember those street chants - "Marcos, diktador, tuta. Marcos, diktador, tuta." It has become a mantra of a bygone era. Suddenly, today, activists are chanting about a brand new dictator in our midst. A tyrannical one. And since dictators are now so fashionable in the world, my hubby Alan, aka @hotmanila, received this query from a foreign PR outfit. Here's what the PR outfit wanted to learn, according to Alan:

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This Indonesian made me proud to be a Filipino

Dr. Rizal Sukma

Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - Today is Dr. Jose Rizal's 153rd birthday. In his honor, I am uploading this video interview I took of Dr. Rizal Sukma, an internationally prominent foreign policy expert and the Executive Director at Jakarta's Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

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Pres. Aquino’s NYT interview was “partly” a response to China’s offer

By Raissa Robles - It was an offer that China thought the Philippines could not refuse. My sources knowledgeable with the offer said China was not even asking the Philippines to drop its filed arbitration case before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea. The only thing it asked was - miss the court-set deadline. That was all.

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NGO told SEC a year ago it got P140M pork from Senators Enrile, Revilla, Estrada, et al.

By Raïssa Robles It’s hard to believe that nobody blinked when a small non-government organization (NGO) with an initial capital outlay of P1,400 actually submitted routine reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 4 and July 26, 2012, saying it got nearly P140 MILLION (the exact figure is P139,549,900) in pork barrel funds from the following senators […]

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Japan Foreign Minister may discuss with PNoy aid provision for up to 10 state-of-the-art coast guard ships

NewsByte By Raïssa Robles Japan’s new Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida, is in Manila today and tomorrow to meet with President Benigno Aquino and his local counterpart, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. According to a news report in today’s South China Morning Post jointly bylined by Greg Torode and me, ” Kishida is widely expected to discuss the provision of up […]

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