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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

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

Indonesia promises haze-free Asian Games

JAKARTA -- The government is determined to carry out all necessary measures to prevent forest and land fires from spreading on the island of Sumatra, as the Asia Games are set to kick off onAug. 18in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, at the peak of the dry season. Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto held a meetingon Tuesdaywith relevant officials, discussing anticipatory measures to address the potential increase in hot spots. "Learning from our experience [...] and with solid coordination [among stakeholders] as well as proper procedures in both prevention and mitigation, all regions are prepared to mitigate potential forest fires," Wiranto ...Keep on reading: Indonesia promises haze-free Asian Games.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Trump now changes his tune

Trump has expressed worry that his son may face legal exposure. BRIDGEWATER — President Donald Trump appears to have changed his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel’s investigation, tweeting that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent. “Fake News […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

In gratitude, Cory Aquino

To the Filipino people, she will always be remembered as the inspirational leader in the fight to restore democracy and dignity to our country after decades of dictatorship, cronyism, and human rights violations during the Marcos martial law regime......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

‘Halimaw’ in Tokyo fest’s ‘Crosscut Asia’

Tokyo is the latest stop of Lav Diaz's martial law musical, "Ang Panahon ng Halimaw" (Season of the Devil). The four-hour epic is part of the Crosscut Asia section of the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival, set in Roppongi Hills and other venues, from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3. While previous installments of Crosscut Asia showcased films from specific Southeast Asian countries, this year's edition will concentrate on "a rich variety of musical genres from the region." Joining Diaz's political rock opera in the lineup are movies that celebrate Cambodian pop music and a popular Isan band from Thailand, "reflecting the region's past and present." The Filipino film, which is desc...Keep on reading: ‘Halimaw’ in Tokyo fest’s ‘Crosscut Asia’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Fox counsel to appeal BI order to deport her

The legal counsel of Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox said they were dismayed with the recent order of the Bureau of Immigration to deport the nun for allegedly joining political activities in the country, adding that they will file an appeal this coming week. Fox counsel to appeal BI order to deport her The legal… link: Fox counsel to appeal BI order to deport her.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Political scientists give budding authoritarian’ Duterte low marks

MANILA, Philippines – A panel of political science experts and professors gave President Rodrigo Duterte a score of 5 out of 10 for his first two years as the country’s chief executive. The panel of experts, led by former University of the Philippines political science ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Legal experts weigh in on the draft federal constitution

Members of the legal profession have sounded off as the draft federal constitution prepared by the Consultative Committee on charter change was finally made public and drafts have been delivered to the two chambers of congress so that discussions could begin. Concerns zeroed in on provisions that supposedly give the president broader power in the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Robredo willing to lead, be voice of united opposition

VICE President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is willing to lead a united opposition against dictatorship and other “similar causes” and revealed that there were ongoing consultations to “thresh out terms.” “Aside from political parties, there are other movements, which share similar causes such as fighting dictatorship and policies that I don’t agree with namely: extrajudicial [...] The post Robredo willing to lead, be voice of united opposition appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

The role Voltes V played in toppling Martial Law

There's a not-so-known history of "Voltes V" in the Philippines and the popular show's role in inspiring future generations that would topple a dictatorship......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Asian stocks tread water, bracing for trade war shots

Asian stocks were treading water Friday as traders braced for the introduction of tit-for-tat tariffs between the United States and China that experts warn could have a damaging impact on the world economy. Shares in Shanghai and Hong Kong made little ground but Tokyo stocks followed Wall Street higher, as investors took some heart from […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Banksy needles France on migrants with Paris mural blitz

The mysterious British street artist Banksy appears to have taken aim at the French government's crackdown on migrants in a series of new murals in Paris. The world's best known graffiti painter apparently "blitzed" the French capital over the last few days, leaving as many as six works on walls across the city. None of the works were signed--- as has been Banksy's wont in recent years--- but experts told AFP that they look genuine. The most political takes issue with France's tough anti-migrant policy, with nearly 40 makeshift camps razed in Paris in the last three years and President Emmanuel Macron determined that the city does not become a magnet for refugees. In the ...Keep on reading: Banksy needles France on migrants with Paris mural blitz.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Lawmakers warn anti-terrorism bill seeks to normalize martial law in PH

MANILA, Philippines – Two lawmakers from the progressive Makabayan bloc warned that the proposed anti-terrorism bill was designed to "normalize" martial law in the country and "desensitize" Filipinos to bloodshed and killings. On Monday, June 25, Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago and Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao expressed opposition to the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018