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Lagman: Con-ass will be Duterte’s ‘virtual rubberstamp’

Once Congress is converted into a constituent assembly (con-ass) to amend the 1987 Constitution, it would only become "a virtual rubberstamp" of President Rodrigo Duterte.   This was the assertion of Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Thursday, as he reiterated his call to instead hold a constitutional convention (con-con), which members should be elected by the people, to proceed with Charter change (Cha-cha).   "A strong argument, if not the strongest, against constituting the House of Representatives and the Senate into a constituent assembly is that the super majority solons will convert the constituent assembly into a virtual rubber stamp of President Rodrigo Duterte,"...Keep on reading: Lagman: Con-ass will be Duterte’s ‘virtual rubberstamp’.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 4th, 2018

No rebel arrests means rebellion in Mindanao persists, Palace says

Lagman, a member of the opposition, has claimed there is no need to extend martial law in Mindanao, disputing President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that rebellion persists in the island......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

Petition at SC vs martial law cites AFP intel report

"Only in the Philippines does rebellion exist without a single rebel."   Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, a member of the opposition in the House of Representatives, said this yesterday as he countered President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that "rebellion persists in Mindanao" to justify the third extension of Proclamation No. 216 that imposed martial law over the island.   Lagman said Duterte's claim was repudiated in a report by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.   Only criminals   The AFP's Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence submitted a report to the President in December 2018 saying that during the second extension of martial la...Keep on reading: Petition at SC vs martial law cites AFP intel report.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

Senators sound alarm over China-funded DILG surveillance project | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Senators sound the alarm over a China-funded surveillance system project of the Department of the Interior and Local Government or DILG, citing its potential ‘security threat’ to the country. Opposition congressman Edcel Lagman believes Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno could not have ‘inserted’ P75 billion into the proposed 2019 budget without the consent of President Rodrigo Duterte. A new study details how extremist groups in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

2 solons say Duterte can be impeached if Trillanes ‘illegally’ arrested

      President Rodrigo Duterte can be impeached if he forces the uniformed personnel to “illegally” arrest his critic, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, opposition lawmakers warned on Wednesday. Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin and Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman said Duterte’sProclamation No. 572 voiding the amnesty grant to Trillanes was not by itself a… link: 2 solons say Duterte can be impeached if Trillanes ‘illegally’ arrested.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Trillanes amnesty, Malacañang on Trillanes, Typhoon Jebi | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says President Rodrigo Duterte's revocation of the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has ‘ no legal and factual basis.’ Malacañang claims the revocation of Senator Sonny Trillanes’ amnesty has nothing to do with politics . Opposition senator Sonny Trillanes says he is not afraid to face arrest . Typhoon Jebi makes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Benigno Aquino III: ‘Amnesty valid, final, irrevocable’

The amnesty granted to opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and other former military rebels was valid, former president Benigno Aquino III said yesterday, as Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman argued that it could not be revoked by President Duterte because it was approved by Congress......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Trillanes amnesty absolute, irrevocable – Lagman

MANILA, Philippines – Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman said President Rodrigo Duterte's revocation of the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has "no legal and factual basis." On Tuesday, September 4, the lawyer turned lawmaker said then-President Benigno Aquino III's Proclamation No. 75 which granted amnesty to Trillanes ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Name Naga drug lords, Duterte urged

President Rodrigo Duterte’s refusal to prove his claims that Naga City is a hotbed of illegal drugs, specifically shabu, shows he is hallucinating, opposition lawmakers said on Tuesday. Representatives Edcel Lagman of Albay and Gary Alejano of Magdalo party-list, said this in connection with the statement of Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. that the President [...] The post Name Naga drug lords, Duterte urged appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Lagman schools Roque on forgetting law since becoming Duterte s apologist

Rep. Edcel Lagman (Albay) chided his former colleague and presidential spokesperson Harry Roque for the latter’s defense of President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that the province of Naga is “hotbed” of shabu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Duterte popularity puzzles solon

For Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, it's perplexing that President Duterte has continued to enjoy a high popularity rating despite his "irreverence" for institutions, pro-China stance and violation of human rights. The President scored a net satisfaction rating of +56 during the first quarter this year, according to a Social Weather Stations survey taken from March 23 to 27. This is a two-point drop from his +58 rating last December. Both ratings were considered "very good." "It is a puzzle that despite the failure of President Rodrigo Duterte to deliver most of his campaign promises, his irreverence to established institutions, including the Catholic Church, his unpatriotic surrender ...Keep on reading: Duterte popularity puzzles solon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Robert Reyes to Filipinos: Wake up or face death of democracy

Roman Catholic priest and protest leader Robert Reyes said that the removal of Maria Lourdes Sereno is "more than a wake-up call" for Filipinos warning that President Duterte could soon be a "virtual dictator.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

HRW: List of barangay execs with drug links a virtual ‘hit list’

          The Duterte administration would put hundreds of people's lives in danger once it releases the names of barangay (village) officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, a human rights group warned Friday. New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) said releasing the names would violate due process and would only worsen the bloodshed in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-illegal drug campaign. "The Duterte administration will be putting hundreds of people in danger if it released the names of barangay (village) officials it accuses of involvement in the illegal drugs trade," HRW Asia Division researcher Carlos Conde said in a st...Keep on reading: HRW: List of barangay execs with drug links a virtual ‘hit list’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

House approves divorce bill on final reading

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz THE House of Representatives passed on third and final reading a bill which seeks absolute divorce with a vote of 134-57-2 amid President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s rejection of the measure. House Bill 7303, sponsored by Cavite Rep. Sol Aragones, Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, and Gabriela Rep. Emmi De […] The post House approves divorce bill on final reading appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

THE FOLLY OF WITHDRAWING FROM THE I.C.C. | Lagman counts 6 ‘dire’ implications

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has listed what he described as "six dire implications and consequences" of the Duterte-initiated Philippine withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC)......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Lagman daughter says Duterte better than ex-presidents in disaster response

ALBAY, Philippines – Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco City, eldest daughter of Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman and ardent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, lauded the President's initiatives for taking care of Mayon evacuees. In an interview here on Wednesday, February 28, Luistro said Duterte is better than previous Presidents ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 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

Suspension of deputy ombudsman Carandang invalid – Lagman

MANILA, Philippines — The 90-day suspension imposed by President Duterte on Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Carandang does not have any presumption of regul.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Opposition solon dissents

FOR opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman, President Rodrigo Duterte has not fulfilled any of his campaign promises, except the pending shift to federalism. Lagman particularly disagreed with Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on the accomplishments of Duterte. “It is utter miscommunication and disconnect for Andanar to assert that the problems on….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

WATCH | Lagman: Andanar fantasizing on Duterte accomplishments

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar was going experiencing a “pure fantasy” spell boasting that President Rodrigo Duterte has accomplished his campaign promises, except for the pending shift to federalism, opposition leader, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, observed Monday at the House of Representatives. “It is utter miscommunication and disconnect for Andanar to assert […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Lagman: Duterte has obligation to recover Marcos ill-gotten wealth

Lagman pointed out that the President has an obligation to continue recovering these wealth through the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).........»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018