71% Pinoys still satisfied with Duterte but 62% oppose martial law extension

DAVAO CITY (MindNews / 23 December) — Seventy one per cent of the Filipinos are still satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte’s leadership but 62% oppose martial law extension, a move Duterte requested should be until December 31, 2018. His request was approved by Congress on December 13. The Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Stations (SWS) […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsDec 24th, 2017

Most Pinoys oppose martial law extension, says SWS survey

Malacaang on Saturday defended the yearlong extension of martial law in Mindanao, which the majority of Filipinos opposed, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. While they opposed the extension of martial law in Mindanao, most Filipinos were satisfied with President Duterte's performance in the fourth quarter as his ratings improved across areas and classes. Interviewed face-to-face, 71 percent of 1,200 respondents were satisfied with Mr. Duterte's performance, 13 percent said otherwise, and 15 percent were undecided. SWS considers a rating of +70 and above "excellent." The nationwide poll was conducted from Dec. 8 to 16 and had a margin of error of plus-or-min...Keep on reading: Most Pinoys oppose martial law extension, says SWS survey.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

Duterte’s satisfaction rating up even as most Pinoys oppose martial law extension

President Rodrigo Duterte’s net satisfaction rating increased as the year came to a close despite most Filipinos’ opposition to the yearlong extension of martial law in Mindanao, the results of the Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey showed......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

SWS September poll shows half of Pinoys agreed with martial law extension

MANILA, Philippines — More than half of Filipinos agreed on President Rodrigo Duterte's move to extend martial law over Mindanao until the end of the year, a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

More Pinoys oppose amendment of Constitution, says Pulse Asia

Senators on Monday warned the administration against forcing the amendment of the Constitution and federalism on the nation after the latest Pulse Asia poll showed that 67 percent of Filipinos opposed President Rodrigo Duterte's priority political enterprise. Conducted from June 15 to 21, the poll found that 67 percent of the 1,800 adult respondents opposed amending the Constitution now, a 3-percentage-point increase from 64 percent in March. About three in five, or 62 percent, rejected a shift to federalism, down 4 percentage points from 66 percent three months ago. Majorities across geographic areas and socioeconomic classes, except in Mindanao, disapproved of the efforts to a...Keep on reading: More Pinoys oppose amendment of Constitution, says Pulse Asia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

SC martial law ruling enables rise of an emboldened authoritarian – Leonen

MANILA, Philippines – The recent Supreme Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte's re-extension of martial law in Mindanao "enables the rise of an emboldened authoritarian," Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said in a strongly worded dissenting opinion. “Contrary to the text and spirit ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2018

Martial law petitioners: SC decision will embolden Duterte to flout rule of law

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court's upholding of the year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao will only embolden President Rodrigo Duterte in "fl.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

SC upholds re-extension of martial law, Duque on Dengvaxia, Asian stocks plunge | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: The Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte's extension of martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2018.  President Rodrigo Duterte wants all studies and exploration by foreign scientists in Benham Rise to stop.  Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and medical experts from the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital say there's no need to panic over the alleged deaths ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Group fears of ‘full-fledged tyranny’ as SC legitimizes martial law extension

        A human-rights militant organization on Tuesdaysaid the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) approving the extension of martial law in Mindanao is one of the "ingredients for a full-fledged tyranny."   With a vote of 10-5, the SC dismissed the four petitions filed by several lawmakers opposing the extension of martial law until Dec. 2018.   READ: SC affirms Duterte extension of martial law in Mindanao   "Just as the Duterte-controlled super majority in Congress colluded to approve the extension of martial law last December 2017, the Supreme Court followed through with a rubber stamp to legitimize martial rule, com...Keep on reading: Group fears of ‘full-fledged tyranny’ as SC legitimizes martial law extension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Opposition solons decry SC ruling on Mindanao martial law extension

Opposition lawmakerson Tuesdaydenounced the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) affirming the extension of martial law in Mindanao, calling it an "error" and a "tragic day for human rights." READ:SC affirms Duterte extension of martial law in Mindanao "The majority of the Supreme Court justices can be supreme even in their error," Rep. Edcel Lagman said in a statement. Lagman, the lead petitioner in the first petition challenging the year-long extension of martial rule in the southern region, also feared that the SC verdict would "embolden President Rodrigo Duterte in flouting the rule of law." "When the majority of the justices of the Supreme Court fall in cadence w...Keep on reading: Opposition solons decry SC ruling on Mindanao martial law extension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Statements: Our situation under the rising fascism of the Duterte administration

The intensifying attacks on peoples’ organizations has spared no one. Direct assault on people who assert their rights and claim their due is escalating especially after the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao and its subsequent extension. The president does not like opposition to his programs like his drug war and has brazenly ordered shoot to kill on suspected terrorists and drug addicts......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

NUPL: Martial law is Duterte’s ‘ultimate scare tactic’

Martial law in Mindanao is nothing but a tactic being used by President Rodrigo Duterte to scare his administration's detractors, according to the National Union of Peoples'Lawyers (NUPL). In a 38-page memorandum filed with the Supreme Court (SC)on Wednesday, theNUPL said that the Duterte administration had only been taking advantage of the declaration's"partly psychological" effect on the populace. "Clearly, another extension -- this time for a much longer period -- would result in anincrease in human rights abuses. But why the uncontrollable desire for the extension?What is with the insatiable appetite for martial law powers?" the group stressed. "Martial law is the President'...Keep on reading: NUPL: Martial law is Duterte’s ‘ultimate scare tactic’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

WATCH | SWS poll: Pinoys more satisfied with Duterte government than any other

MANILA – Public satisfaction with the performance of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration rose in December 2017 to the highest level on record since the Social Weather Stations started conducting opinion surveys in 1980s. His administration obtained an “excellent” net satisfaction rating of +70, a rise of 12 points from September’s “very good” level based on […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Comelec sets 3rd hearing on deferral of May 2018 Brgy, SK polls in Mindanao

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set its third public hearing on the postponement of the May 14, 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Mindanao, following the one-year extension of martial law there.   Another public hearing has been scheduled for January 23 at the Grand Caprice Restaurant and Convention Center in Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City.   "The consultations are precisely meant to help the Comelec determine whether or not the upcoming elections should be postponed in Mindanao," said poll spokesperson James Jimenez.   It may be recalled that last December, Congress approved President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial ...Keep on reading: Comelec sets 3rd hearing on deferral of May 2018 Brgy, SK polls in Mindanao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Plurality of Pinoys oppose Duterte ‘rev gov’ – SWS

While a clear majority of Filipinos -- 63 percent -- are convinced President Rodrigo Duterte plans to change the present form of government into one that suits him, a 39 percent plurality disagree with his proclaiming a revolutionary government, results of a recent survey by Social Weather Stations showed......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

SWS: Most Pinoys oppose revolutionary gov’t

MANILA, Philippines — More Filipinos are opposing the prospective proclamation of a revolutionary government by the Duterte administration, according to a re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

SC has already ruled on validity of martial law in Mindanao – SolGen

The petitioners questioning before the Supreme Court the constitutionality of the yearlong extension of martial law in Mindanao are asking the tribunal to disregard its own ruling on the validity of Proclamation No. 216 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte last May......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

SC already ruled that rebellion exists in Mindanao, says Calida

The extension of martial law in Mindanao has already been justified as the Supreme Court(SC) already ruled that President Rodrigo Duterte had "sufficient factual bases" in issuingProclamation No. 216, according to Solicitor General Jose Calida. Calida argued that Congress only extended Duterte's proclamation and that the SC had alreadyruled that the proclamation had sufficient factual basis to show that actual rebellion exists. The SC had received four petitions, all of which sought to declare the extension asunconstitutional argued that there was "no actual rebellion" in Mindanao, Marawi had alreadybeen liberated and that the extension would only lead to human rights violation...Keep on reading: SC already ruled that rebellion exists in Mindanao, says Calida.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

SWS: More Pinoys reject revolutionary government

MANILA, Philippines — More Filipinos oppose the possibility of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring a revolutionary government, a Social Weather Station surve.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Monsod, Bag-ao join petitioners vs martial law extension

MANILA, Philippines — Constitutionalist Christian Monsod joined the groups of petitioners challenging the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte's ye.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018