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Legal, political experts warn of martial law, dictatorship

  The draft federal constitution would give the President another ground to declare martial law and be a dictatorial leader, and would lock the Philippines in the federal structure perpetually, legal and political experts warned at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.   The inclusion of "lawless violence" as another ground for the President to declare martial law bolsters the reality of dictatorial rule, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide said.   "The President can easily justify lawless violence," Davide said.   Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares raised a similar concern, saying the provision would allow the President to use the killings of drug suspec...Keep on reading: Legal, political experts warn of martial law, dictatorship.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJul 19th, 2018

Martial law abuses are not political allegations, victims tell Imee

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos cannot play down rights abuses during the Marcos dictatorship as "political accusations," a coalition of victims of those abuses said Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Trillanes’ arrest: More legal questions raised over Makati court’s order

The Makati Regional Trial Court’s order of the arrest of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has been criticized by a number of legal experts and political critics alike. In his resolution for warrant, Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati RTC Branch 150 wrote that President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 572 nullifying the amnesty granted to the former […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

Karapatan submits report on HR violations during 1-year of martial law in Mindanao to local officials, UN experts

In letters to at least seven UN independent experts and special procedures, Karapatan submitted a report on the civil and political rights violations during the one-year implementation of martial law in Mindanao under the administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

Karapatan submits report on rights violation under martial law in Mindanao to UN experts

Rights group Karapatan submitted a report to United Nations independent experts on the alleged civil and political rights violations during the year-long imposition of martial law in Mindanao......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Sereno ouster imperils Philippine democracy, experts say

The ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice of the Supreme Court could dismantle legal and political norms which could endanger the country’s democracy, experts warned......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

COMMENTARY: We can continue electing our officials without antagonizing the process of shifting to federalism

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 07 January) — Experience will tell us that the practice of unitary form of government or the centralization of power does not necessarily work towards self-improvement of each region in the country. Political pundits and legal experts argue that RA 7160 already provides mechanism for Local Government Units to exercise authority […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

UN experts warn vs martial law abuses

TWO United Nations experts have warned against growing “militarization” in Mindanao, claiming Congress’ extension of martial law until the end of 2018 could worsen human rights violations especially in indigenous lumad communities. In a statement, UN Special Rapporteurs Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary said the ongoing militarization of Mindanao was “having a massive and potentially [...] The post UN experts warn vs martial law abuses appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Duterte Order: ‘Shoot to Kill’

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered soldiers to shoot and kill armed communist rebels as security forces are readying to fight the New People’s Army following the total collapse of the peace talks. Duterte, who previously supported the rebel group when he was mayor of Davao City, gave the order recently and assured members of the armed forces that he shall take sole responsibility for it. He tagged the NPA as a terrorist group and vows to finish off the rebels who are fighting to overthrow the democratic government and install its own. “So what will be my orders to the? Shoot them, they will kill you anyway. So if there is an armed NPA there or terrorists, if he’s holding any firearms, shoot and tell any…ako na ang magsagot, you just shut up. Do not answer if that issue of human rights, you say, go to Duterte. It is and was his order para tumahimik ka, sabihin mo. And so? You are destroying my country, you expect me to pat you in the back and say, dahan-dahan ka lang,” Duterte told soldiers. He said an executive order declaring the NPA as terrorist group would be out soon. He said human rights organizations and fronts allied with the communist rebels would also be branded as terrorists. “I am preparing now. They are preparing the executive order declaring them to be terrorists and they will be afforded the treatment of being criminals. There will be no filing of cases under the public security like rebellion because rebellion is considered sometimes a noble undertaking, it’s only because you want your country to do better,” the tough-talking President said. Duterte said he would no longer negotiate peace the communist rebels, who also vowed to intensify their attacks on government and military targets. No. 1 Terrorist Communist rebel chieftain Jose Maria Sison also branded Duterte as the “No. 1 terrorist” in the country and accused him of mass murder after the President scrapped the peace talks. “Duterte is the No. 1 terrorist in the Philippines. He is culpable for the abduction, torture and mass murder of an increasing large number of poor people suspected drug users and pushers, peasants and indigenous people in suspected guerrilla fronts and Moro people suspected of aiding the Dawlah Islamiyah from the time of the indiscriminate bombing of Marawi City to the present in several Bangsamoro areas,” Sison, who is self-exile in The Netherlands since 1987, said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. Duterte has threatened to outlaw the Communist Party of the Philippines, which Sison founded; and its political wing, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and jail its leaders, including leftist and human rights organizations conniving with them. He scrapped the peace talks after rebels declined to sign a ceasefire accord and continue attacking government and civilian targets despite on-going negotiations. Sison called Duterte as a “bloodlust” politician whose mania for mass murder are boundless. “Duterte´s blood lust and mania for mass murder are boundless. He expects to wipe out through arbitrary arrests, torture, indefinite detention and massacre of suspected revolutionaries and legal social activists both the armed revolutionary movement and the legal democratic movement in order to set up a fascist dictatorship in the service of US imperialism and his fellow oligarchs among the big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats,” he said. “And yet Duterte is utterly malicious and shameless in threatening and scheming to label and outlaw as terrorists the suspected members and entireties of such revolutionary organizations as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People´s Army and even such legal patriotic and progressive organizations as BAYAN and its affiliates,” added Sison, a former university professor. He said the Duterte administration, backed by the United States, is hell-bent on frustrating the people´s clamor for peace negotiations to address the roots of the civil war through the adoption and implementation of social, economic, political and constitutional reforms as the basis of a just and lasting peace. Sison said the Duterte government is striving to intimidate the people with its own terrorist scheme and crimes in order to seize absolute autocratic power for the President and limitless opportunity for the bureaucratic corruption of his family and ruling clique. He said the rebel forces now have no choice, but to wage all forms of resistance and fight for national sovereignty, democracy, economic development, social and cultural progress and independent foreign policy. “The Filipino people and revolutionary forces waging the people´s democratic revolution have no choice but to intensify the people´s war through an extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare in rural areas and partisan or commando operations in urban areas. The legal democratic forces and broad opposition have no choice but to develop the underground and encourage endangered activists to become fighters in the people´s army.” “Duterte is already discredited as a mass murderer, political swindler, a sycophant to foreign powers and a corrupt bureaucrat. These characteristics of his and the ever worsening chronic crisis of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal ruling system will surely limit his ability to stay in power and accelerate the growth and rise of a revolutionary united front against his rule of greed and terror,” Sison said. He said even within the armed forces and police, there are already rumblings against the “despotic, criminal and corrupt character of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

Petitioners warn of ‘creeping’ dictatorship over favorable ruling on martial law

Petitioners warn of ‘creeping’ dictatorship over favorable ruling on martial law.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 4th, 2017

Myanmar’s great hope fails to live up to expectations – The Guardian

The script called for the lead actor, a Nobel prize winner, to seize control of a country, bring peace where there was conflict and prosperity where there was poverty. A nation emerging from years of military dictatorship was to become a beacon of hope not only for its cowed population but also for much of a fractured and turbulent south-east Asia. But like many political dramas – especially over the past 12 months – the script has not been followed by Myanmar and its de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Now, a year since one of the world’s most famous prisoners of conscience came to power in the specially created position of state counsellor, the talk is not of progress. Instead, it is of drastically escalating ethnic conflicts that have simmered and sporadically exploded for decades; a new Rohingya Muslim insurgency that has prompted an army crackdown some say may amount to crimes against humanity; a rash of online defamation cases that have fostered a panic over freedom of speech; and a repressive legal framework that allowed the generals to jail so many still being in place. And all the while, Aung San Suu Kyi is accused of remaining mostly silent, doggedly avoiding the media. Many who led the campaign [to free her] were on the liberal side. I think she’s closer to a Margaret Thatcher. Interviews by the Guardian with more than a dozen diplomats, analysts and current and former advisers reveal frustrations with a top-down government struggling to cope with immense challenges. Aung San Suu Kyi’s questionable leadership style, her inability or unwillingness to communicate a vision, and her reluctance to speak out against the persecution of minorities have raised the question of whether the popular narrative is misplaced. And although some defend her, saying it takes time to right the wrongs of decades, others see a fundamental misunderstanding of the woman herself. “Many of the people who led the campaign [to free Aung San Suu Kyi] … were more on the liberal side of the spectrum,” one diplomat put it. “I think she’s closer to a Margaret Thatcher.” It’s a stark contrast to the Aung San Suu Kyi who, during 15 years of house arrest at her lakeside villa on University Avenue in Yangon, stood on rickety tables and delivered speeches about human rights over the gate. “And she was electric,” said David Mathieson, a longtime Myanmar researcher for Human Rights Watch who is now an independent consultant. “She was funny. She was informative. She was principled … And I think it’s lamentable that she’s not doing the equivalent of that now.” Five hours north by car from Yangon, Myanmar’s dystopian capital Naypyidaw stands surrounded by densely forested mountains. It is here, in the so-called Abode of Kings supposedly built to insulate Myanmar’s generals from attack, amid a landscape of deserted 20-lane highways and grandiose hotels, that Aung Sun Suu Kyi lives her life in power. The 71-year-old is a disciplined ruler. Her habit, established during imprisonment, is to wake before dawn and meditate in the house she shares with her pet dog and a small retinue of maids. She has breakfast with an adviser, often Kyaw Tint Swe, a former ambassador who spent decades defending the junta’s actions. An aide, Win Htein, says Aung San Suu Kyi eats very little. “The amount of food she is taking is like a kitten,” he said. “She doesn’t eat carbohydrates. Fruit and vegetables. No pork, or mutton, or beef. Only fish.” Her few indulgences include a vast wardrobe of luxurious silk longyis and evening film viewings, musicals being her favourite. Win Htein recently gave her a copy of La La Land. But mostly she works. And there is a lot of work. As well as state counsellor – a position created to get around the military-drafted constitution that bars her from the presidency – she is foreign minister, minister of the president’s office and chair of numerous committees. Widely described as a micromanager, she pores over documents after hours. A source close to the attorney general’s office says she asks to see a copy of every draft bill before it is submitted to parliament. Ministers routinely pass decisions upwards. “The problem is there are no policymakers in her cabinet,” said Burmese political analyst Myat Ko. People who know her say Aung San Suu Kyi inspires both devotion and fear. She is variously described as charming and charismatic, and sharp and authoritarian. “She feels like a real leader,” one diplomat said. “Intelligent, quick-witted, quite funny.” At the same time, he added: “I would say that she has appeared to be very keen to be the sole decision-maker to have no chance of establishing rival power centres.” Echelons above her subordinates in stature, the state counsellor is often depicted as living in a bubble, surrounded by a cabal of advisers who are too nervous to convey hard truths. A Yangon-based analyst working on the peace process said bad news often does not reach her. “In meetings, she is dismissive, dictatorial – in some cases, belittling,” said a senior aid worker who, like many others interviewed for this story, insisted on anonymity because he works with the administration. The government, he said, has become “so centralised, there is complete fear of her”. This is not the administration many hoped for when the National League for Democracy (NLD) took over the government [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2017

Neri to Imee: Let’s debate at Plaza Miranda

Angered at Imee’s statement that reports of human rights violations during Martial rule were just ‘political accusations’, Makabayan senatorial bet Neri Colmenares challenged Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos to a debate at Plaza Miranda on the issue of human rights violations during Martial Law......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated News2 hr. 36 min. ago

If Mindanao martial law brings peace, extend it – Panelo

MANILA, Philippines – If martial law in Mindanao is helping make the region more peaceful, it should be extended, said Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo on Thursday, October 18. He was responding to a question on how Malacañang would assess the security of Mindanao given that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Martial law abuses are not & apos;political allegations,& apos; victims tell Imee - Philippine Star

Martial law abuses are not 'political allegations,' victims tell Imee - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Enrile s profession in his COC for senator: Businesswoman

He was defense minister during the Marcos dictatorship, architect of Martial Law, former Senate president, and senator for many years. Then he became a "businesswoman." That's according to the certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator that Enrile's lawyer, Joseph Sagandoy, submitted on his behalf  around 3 pm on Tuesday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

What was the alternative to martial law?

“Although many abuses were committed by the military during the martial law years, that does not mean that there were no factual and legal bases for the proclamation of martial law. Local communists have misguided sympathizers in Congress, the academe, the local and international media, so-called human rights organizations serving as communist fronts and the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Instilling history’s value in the young: A responsibility we can’t escape

"A generation which ignores history has no past---and no future."---Robert Heinlein   The assault on truth in this digital age of instant, ubiquitous and free-for-all communication has escalated. Through unrestrained social media (in addition to traditional mass media), people, specially the young, are massively exposed to "fake news," "alternative facts" and self-serving "spins" of statements and events---euphemisms for what we simply used to call lying and falsehood.   And now come their more pernicious siblings, "historical revisionism" and "legal revisionism."   Lately, Filipinos have been exposed to a mythical version of martial law, through a pathet...Keep on reading: Instilling history’s value in the young: A responsibility we can’t escape.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

AFP bares universities linked to alleged Red October plot

The Communist Party of the Philippines is allegedly trying to brainwash and incite students in various Metro Manila colleges and universities to rebel against the government through film showing activities that depict the dark years of martial law under the Marcos dictatorship, according to the military......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Dictatorship vs democracy

MANILA, Philippines – Do you think the Philippines should be under a dictatorship? Do you believe that Martial Law was a golden age for our country? In this episode of Basagan ng Trip, Leloy Claudio discusses the 5 reasons why democracy is better than dictatorship. – Rappler.com.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Lawyers claim Duterte’s ‘admission’ on extrajudicial killings is evidence

A number of legal experts are claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent statements calling the series of extrajudicial killings in the country his “only sin” is evidence that can be used against him. Former Bayan Muna Party-list representative and human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares said on Twitter that even though Duterte said that there was […] The post Lawyers claim Duterte’s ‘admission’ on extrajudicial killings is evidence appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Ex-detainees say Enrile lied about not jailing dictator’s foes

  Four prominent political detainees of the martial law era reunited on Wednesday to give the lie to a claim by former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, who, in a widely condemned conversation with the son of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, denied that such prisoners even existed.   Former Senators Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. and Rene Saguisag, former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Loretta Rosales and former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo joined members of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines at a Makati City hotel to share their experience under Marcos.   Rosales, holding a framed copy of her 1976 mugshot, challenged Enrile's assertion that...Keep on reading: Ex-detainees say Enrile lied about not jailing dictator’s foes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018