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How Congress voted on martial law extension in Mindanao

THE Manila Times gathered the names of the lawmakers who voted for and against the extension of martial law in Mindanao during a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Below is the list: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NO – 23 Bag-ao, Kaka J. Brosas, Arlene D. Ramirez-Sato, Josephine Casilao, Ariel ‘Ka Ayik’ B. Castro, France L. [...] The post How Congress voted on martial law extension in Mindanao appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netDec 13th, 2017

Repeating history

There was hardly any question about it. The dominance of the Duterte “supermajority” in both houses of Congress made the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao certain, and even the members of the political opposition in the House of Representatives and the Senate, who nevertheless voted against it, predicted congressional approval of President Rodrigo […] The post Repeating history appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Opposition, support meet approval of martial law extension

Opposition to the proposed extension of martial law in Mindanao continues to persist as both houses of Congress voted in favor of stretching it for another year.....»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Congress approves 2nd martial law extension

WITH 240 votes in the affirmative and 27 in the negative, the two chambers of Congress approved a second extension of martial law in Mindanao, this time for a full year. Convening in a joint session on Dec. 13, the Senate voted 14-4, and the House of Representatives, 226-23, to adopt a letter early this […] The post Congress approves 2nd martial law extension appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

How Congress voted on martial law extension in Mindanao

THE Manila Times gathered the names of the lawmakers who voted for and against the extension of martial law in Mindanao during a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Below is the list: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NO – 23 Bag-ao, Kaka J. Brosas, Arlene D. Ramirez-Sato, Josephine Casilao, Ariel ‘Ka Ayik’ B. Castro, France L. [...] The post How Congress voted on martial law extension in Mindanao appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

LIST: How the House voted on martial law extension in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines – One more year.  Congress on Wednesday, December 13, voted in favor of extending the proclamation of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao, as requested by President Rodrigo Duterte.  During a joint session of the House and the Senate at ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Congress Grants 1-Year Martial Law Extension in Mindanao

The Philippine Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for the entire 2018. The Senate and House of Representatives, convening in a joint session, granted President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for the... The post Congress Grants 1-Year Martial Law Extension in Mindanao appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

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 nanhai.haiwainet.cn 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

Lagman on martial law re-extension: SC justices can be supreme even in error

MANILA, Philippines – Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman criticized the 10 associate justices who voted in favor of upholding the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte’s re-extension of martial law in Mindanao to December 2010, noting that “majority of the Supreme Court justices can be supreme even in their ........»»

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

Leonen: Why no intel given to Congress during martial law deliberations?

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen on Tuesday, January 16, questioned why the military didn't give Congress sufficient intelligence information to guide them in approving the second extension of martial law in Mindanao. Leonen raised the question when the Supreme Court (SC) heard oral arguments anew ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 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

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

Calida: SC has no power to review martial law extension

MANILA, Philippines – Solicitor General Jose Calida said that the Supreme Court does not have the power of judicial review over the decision of Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao. Calida made the statement in his response to the petition of opposition lawmakers seeking to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Palace is sure gov’t can defend in SC martial law extension in Mindanao

Malacaang is confident the government can defend the legality of the extension of martial law in Mindanao before the Supreme Court. "Well, we can certainly defend martial law as it has been reviewed already by both Houses of Congress, and both Houses of Congress, voting jointly,concluded that there is both factual and legal basis," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing on Monday. "Two branches of the government have already ruled that martial law is constitutional and we're confident that the Philippine government, the executive, can defend this position in the Supreme Courtas well," he added. Human rights advocates and militant groups have question...Keep on reading: Palace is sure gov’t can defend in SC martial law extension in Mindanao.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

SC tells Congress, Palace leaders to comment on petition vs ML extension

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered Congress and Palace officials to comment within 10 days on the petition filed by six lawmakers seeking to strike down the one-year extension of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Calida: Petitioners vs martial law extension don’t know Mindanao situation

Opposition lawmakers who want to stop the year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao don't know any better than President Rodrigo Duterte about the situation in the region, according to Solicitor General Jose Calida. Calida made the remark in a text message sent to reporters on Thursday, a day after minority lawmakers, led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, filed a petition with the Supreme Court (SC) for a temporary restraining order against the extension. "Do the petitioners know better than the President and the overwhelming majority of members of Congress who approved the extension of martial law in Mindanao? Definitely not," Calida said. "Anyone who says there is no on-goi...Keep on reading: Calida: Petitioners vs martial law extension don’t know Mindanao situation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

No ‘perpetual’ martial law — Malacañang

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will not allow “extensions in perpetuity” of martial law in Mindanao, Malacanang said yesterday after opposition lawmakers again assailed the constitutionality of its extension before the Supreme Court. Congress recently extended martial law for one year, until the end of 2018, as it underscored the continuing threat….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

SC sought for TRO on martial law in Mindanao

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz OPPOSITION lawmakers petitioned the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Dec. 27, for a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a writ of preliminary injunction against the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao as recently approved by Congress. In the petition filed by Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, Akbayan party-list Rep. Tomasito […] The post SC sought for TRO on martial law in Mindanao appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

Lagman: Delay in martial law reso to preempt SC challenge

The delay in the processing of the joint resolution of Congress extending martial law in Mindanao by one year could be "deliberate and premeditated" to foil plans to challenge its constitutionality, a House opposition leader said on Saturday. A day after calling attention to the delayed preparation and enrollment of the congressional document, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said there could be more to the issue, considering a number of dissenters were planning to question the martial law extension before the Supreme Court. "The patent design is to deprive challengers of the extension from attaching in their petitions before the Supreme Court the required certified true copy of the enrolle...Keep on reading: Lagman: Delay in martial law reso to preempt SC challenge.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

THE VOTE: Inuulit lamang ni Pangulong Duterte ang malagim at maling solusyong militar ng diktador na si Marcos

(Explanation of “No” vote sa Panibagong Extension ng Martial Law sa Mindanao, delivered by Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate during the Joint Session of Congress on 13 December 2017 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City) Mariin naming tinututulan ang panibagong pagpapalawig ng batas militar sa Mindanao. Inuulit lamang ni Pangulong Duterte ang malagim at […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 18th, 2017