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Makabayan lawmakers leave majority bloc, vow to fight ’emergence of new dictatorship’

Makabayan lawmakers leave majority bloc, vow to fight ’emergence of new dictatorship’.....»»

Category: newsSource: bulatlat bulatlatSep 14th, 2017

Goodbye BBL, Hello Federalism

COTABATO CITY – For the third time around, majority Christian lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to reject the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL being pushed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. Instead of BBL, lawmakers are now pushing for a federal form of government and President Rodrigo Duterte is also strongly advocating the shift to federalism, an advocacy he made even before when he was the mayor of Davao City. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said Duterte’s priority now is to change the form of current government and this can only be achieved through amendments in the Constitution which lawmakers are currently working on. There was also a proposal to hold a plebiscite next year in time for the mid-term elections for Filipinos to decide whether to accept or reject federalism. But there are also many lawmakers who wanted to cling to power and extend their term of office until 2022 when voters would have to choose their leaders in national elections. BBL Duterte has previously backed the BBL and expressed optimism that the draft law will pass the scrutiny of Congress that previously opposed it – during Arroyo and Aquino’s presidency. But Duterte himself has been campaigning for BBL and federalism even before he won the presidency in 2016. And his political allies in Congress are supporting the proposed shift from the current presidential system to federalism, and not the BBL. The MILF, whose ageing leaders, called for the passage of BBL may be overridden by Duterte’s plans to grant regions autonomy through federalism. It said the administration of Duterte should immediately work for the passage of the BBL where the Aquino government left off. It stressed that the negotiation is completed following the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the MILF and government peace panels. Politicians questioning the BBL said the provisions in the draft law remain the same.  Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, who was one of those who opposed the BBL during the Aquino administration citing unconstitutional provisions in the draft law, is again raising the same issue. Unconstitutional In a previous statement, Lobregat made it clear, he will be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regards to the BBL. “I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” he said. He said the BBL which the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to Duterte still contains the same and even more contentious and questionable provisions. “Among the contentious provisions in the present version of the BBL is that there will be six plebiscites – one for ratification of the law, and second the periodic plebiscite every 5 years for a period of 25 years in the cities, municipalities and other geographic areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which did not join the Bangsamoro after the ratification of the BBL,” Lobregat said. Lobregat, who was also former mayor of Zamboanga City, said Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was the predecessor of the old BBL filed during the previous 16th Congress. The MOA-AD was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 describing the process that led to its crafting as “whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic.” He said the MOA-AD and the BBL have similar provisions, with some unconstitutional and controversial provisions. “Instead of promoting peace, there will be a constant tug of war on the political boundaries that will promote instability. The Bangsamoro will try to expand its area of jurisdiction and in turn, the local government adjacent, surrounding or neighboring the Bangsamoro will also fight tooth and nail in order to retain their territory,” Lobregat said. Lobregat said he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected. Davao del Norte Representative and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s ally in the lower chamber, said the country’s push for federalism has almost the same concept of the BBL. “The BBL will be absorbed by the federal form of government, because that’s the same. The concept of BBL is the same in federal form of government,” he said, suggesting an amendment in the Constitution. “How can you implement the provisions of the BBL without amending the Constitution? You cannot do it because there are provisions in the BBL that run contrary to the provisions of the Constitution,” said Alvarez. MILF’s rival group, the Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari, has strongly opposed the government peace talks with the MILF, citing a 1996 peace accord with Manila. And Misuari, who eventually became government of the Muslim autonomous region, is now facing rebellion charges for deadly attacks in Sulu’s Jolo town and in Zamboanga City in 2001; and another raid in 2013 in retaliation to government’s failure to fully comply with the peace agreement. Under the accord, Manila would have provided a mini-marshal plan in the restive region and livelihood and housing facilities for thousands of MNLF rebels. Misuari, a close friend and political ally of Duterte, also wanted to become a perpetual regional governor. He is also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

House OKs ‘endo’ bill on 2nd reading, but militant solons say it spells ‘bogus security of tenure’

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill seeking to strengthen the security of tenure of workers in the private sector, but militant lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc described it as a “deceitful and bogus security of tenure” measure. House Bill No. 6908 seeks to address the practice of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

Makabayan bloc asks SC to stop ‘unconstitutional’ TRAIN

(UPDATE 2 - 1:35 p.m.) Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives asked the Supreme Court on Thursday, January 11, to issue a temporary restraining order and eventually stop the implementation of the Tax Reform for Advancement and Inclusion, or TRAIN, law saying its passage violated both the chamber’s rules and the Constitution......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Makabayan bloc asks SC to strike down tax reform law

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Leftist lawmakers on Thursday, January 11, asked the Supreme Court (SC) to strike down the  Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) law. In their petition, the lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc also asked the High Court to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

WATCH | Sister of ‘Lake Sebu massacre’ victim calls for justice; daughter of missing man wants him back

MANILA – The sister of one of the victims in the alleged massacre of eight T’boli and Dulangan Manobo in Lake Sebu on December 3 is seeking justice for the atrocity, while the daughter of a man who went missing in the incident asked authorities to surface them. The Makabayan bloc of lawmakers also sought […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

WATCH | Makabayan bloc files petition vs year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao

The Makabayan bloc of lawmakers was in full force Monday at the Supreme Court, where they filed a petition to stop the enforcement of a year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Militant solons prepare for legal battle vs Train Law

      Members of the Left-leaning Makabayan bloc are set to challenge the newly-implemented Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law before the Supreme Court, a lawmaker said Saturday.   ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said progressive lawmakers would file the petition against the "anti-poor" tax law next week and question procedural and substantive issues surrounding the measure.   "Hinahanda namin, yung Makabayan bloc, yung mga lawyers na katulong natin, 'yung petition," Tinio said during the News Forum at Annabel's Restaurant in Quezon City.   (The Makabayan bloc, together with the lawyers that are he...Keep on reading: Militant solons prepare for legal battle vs Train Law.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Makabayan bloc solons decry Alvarez red tagging

THE Makabayan bloc has expressed disappointment at Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tagging them as supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA). The bloc is composed of lawmakers representing Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Kabataan and ACT Teachers. They were formerly part of the supermajority in the House of Representatives but decided to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

2 Makabayan lawmakers: We have no infra funds because we didn’t propose projects for 2018

Two party-list lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc clarified that no budget for infrastructure projects were removed from their offices because they did not propose projects for 2018......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

24 opposition lawmakers get zero infrastructure funding in 2018 budget

MANILA, Philippines – The era of zero pet project for opposition lawmakers has returned. Some 24 members of the House of Representatives, the majority of them from the opposition bloc, will not get any infrastructure projects for their districts or beneficiaries in the newly-signed budget for 2018. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the P3.767 trillion budget […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Makabayan bloc wants PNP sonic weapon probed

MANILA, Philippines — Seven party-list lawmakers have filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the use of a long-range audio device against protester.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Makabayan lawmakers dismayed by termination of peace talks

LAWMAKERS belonging to the Makabayan bloc on Thursday, November 23, expressed their disappointment over the cancellation of the peace talks between the government and the communist insurgents. In a statement, Anakpawis party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao said the scrapping of the peace talks will affect mainly the peasant workers and the urban poor as the agenda… link: Makabayan lawmakers dismayed by termination of peace talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Solons hit Trump for $2-M pledge for PH’s war on drugs

Lawmakers of the Makabayan bloc on Thursday lambasted US President Donald Trump's $2-million pledge for "drug demand reduction programs" in the Philippines, saying this would only lead to more human rights violations under the Duterte administration's antidrug campaign.   ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio said the pledge would violate the United States' own federal law prohibiting the grant of foreign aid to countries with records of human rights violations.   "The human rights violations of the police and the military under President Duterte are very clear. It is very clear that US federal law will be violated if (the US government) gives aid," Tinio said in a press ...Keep on reading: Solons hit Trump for $2-M pledge for PH’s war on drugs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Commissioner Narvasa: Let s be a league of rules, not of men

Things in the PBA just got a bit more complicated. Just hours after Rickie Santos was appointed as the league's officer-in-charge, it appears that Chito Narvasa will still end up as Commissioner for the time being. And in a separate press conference Thursday afternoon, Narvasa maintains his position and will not resign from his post. "I'm willing to resign, wala namang problema. But if it's for principle, then I must stay," the Commissioner said. Narvasa says that as long as he's in position, he will fight for the PBA and the Commissioner's office, noting that the Commissioner will not be bullied into submission by those who have power. "I was talking to some of my advisers also, a close friend of mine said I should stay," Narvasa said Monday at the PBA office in Libis. "Why? Tama na to, I can always leave, I'll be okay. Ayaw ko may kaaway, ayaw ko makipagaway. Gusto ko masaya ang tao sa PBA," Narvasa answered. "Sabi nila 'Chito that's not it.' If they can bully the a Commissioner, force him to resign at something they do not like, then the office of the Commissioner will weaken and will always be subject to whoever is most powerful among the team owners. "Yun lang ang pakiusap ko. I hope the people will understand. I hope they understand the principle behind it, I'm fighting for the Office of the Commissioner. Nobody, no matter how powerful, should be able to frighten it, scare it, or threaten it," Narvasa added. After what has been a rather stressful day for the league, status quo remains in the fact that Narvasa is still Commissioner. However, clear battle lines have been drawn with regards to the PBA board. On one side, seven teams have made it known that they want Narvasa out, with their board of representatives filing a resolution not to extend Narvasa's term as Commissioner. Those teams include TNT, Meralco, NLEX, Alaska, Rain or Shine, Blackwater and Phoenix. On the other side, there's the five teams that urged Narvasa to stay put. The teams are San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, Globalport, and Kia. In order for Narvasa's term to not be extended, the PBA Board needs 2/3 of the majority to vote for it. That accounts for eight teams. Ultimately, Narvasa says that he will accept his fate at the hands of the PBA Board. However, he just hopes that the proper procedure will be followed before arriving at such decision. "I'm just doing a job here. I know who my bosses are, if 8 of the 12 tell me to leave, then I will leave. No problem, I will follow eh. But who will I follow?" Narvasa said. "Just follow the procedures and stick to the rules. Let's be a league of rules and not of men," the Commissioner added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

PBA Drama 2017 edition: Saan ka? Kampihan na!

With regards to Chito Narvasa's tenure as PBA Commissioner, it all depends on the PBA Board now. Following a sudden press conference Thursday, Narvasa maintains that he will continue to serve the PBA as long as he's the actual league Commissioner and he will willingly step down if the majority says so. However, he will only do so if the proper procedure is followed. The most basic explanation is that eight teams should vote for the removal of Narvasa as the PBA's top offical. There lies the main problem in this sudden PBA drama. As it stands, seven teams are against extending Narvasa's term as Commissioner. Led by incoming chairman Mon Fernandez of NLEX, the majority bloc has filed a resolution to not support Narvasa's extension. Aside from NLEX, team's in the majority block include Meralco, Blackwater, Phoenix, Rain or Shine, Alaska, and TNT. "Lumapit sakin si Mon Fernandez, sabi 'Comm the majority wants to give you a message, we have lost confidence in yo [and] that we will not re-appoint you for this year as Commissioner,'" Narvasa said Thursday, recalling the first time he was told about the development. Per Narvasa, this meeting transpired Monday, Oct. 30, one day after the 2017 PBA Draft. On the other side of this is the group that encouraged Narvasa not to resign immediately. This side is made up of teams from the San Miguel group (San Miguel, Ginebra, Star) together with Globalport and Kia. The minority of the PBA board, together with Narvasa essentially, is arguing that proper procedure should be followed. After all, there should be eight votes before the PBA can even think about finding its new Commissioner. It's pretty clear that the majority bloc never got to eight votes. At least not yet. "That's what I'm fighting for and the five teams are fighting for. Just follow the procedures and stick to the rules. Let's be a league of rules and not of men," Narvasa said. Ultimately, it looks like the PBA Board will have a lot to talk about during its annual planning next week. The Board will leave for the United States on November 10 to discuss the future for the league. "They told me that I'm still the Commissioner. I will not abandon the PBA also, we have a long time before the opening so we will see how everything will work out," Narvasa said. "These are all grown men so I'm sure they'll [PBA Board] be able to find a resolution among themselves," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority - Rappler

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 September) &'8212; The seven party list representatives of the Makabayan Bloc on Thursday broke away from the majority coalition in the House of Representatives in protest over what they called “a fascist, pro-imperialist and anti-people regime” of President Rodrigo Duterte. In a statement, the Makabayan Bloc cited Duterte’s “neoliberal economic policies, disdain for human [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

Makabayan bloc leaves House supermajority, ends Duterte alliance

MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc, consisting of seven party-list lawmakers, on Thursday announced that it would be leaving the supermajority in the H.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

STATEMENT| Why Makabayan Bloc bolts from House majority

STATEMENT| Why Makabayan Bloc bolts from House majority.....»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017