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Nearly half of Filipinos think declaring a revolutionary government is legal – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly Half of Filipinos said they believe declaring a revolutionary government is legal, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) found. From a study they conducted from December 8 to 16, 2017, they recorded that 48% think that the provision is legal, 27% believe it's not, and 24% don't ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJan 12th, 2018

SWS: More Pinoys reject revolutionary government

MANILA, Philippines — More Filipinos oppose the possibility of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring a revolutionary government, a Social Weather Station surve.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

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

No basis for declaring revolutionary gov’t – Palace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 November) — There is no legal or factual basis to declare a revolutionary government, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Monday in the wake of reports that supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte’s are organizing a grand rally at the Davao Crocodile park in this city on Thursday to urge the president to do […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 27th, 2017

Pinoys favor ‘Revolutionary Government’- Survey

SIXTY PERCENT of Filipinos would support President Rodrigo Duterte if he decided to declare a revolutionary government to carry out […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Most Pinoys on social media say web content has changed their political views

Half of Filipinos who use the internet for social media have changed their views on government and politics based on what they see online, the latest Pulse Asia survey suggests......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Rody and Sal show

President Rody Duterte had his opponents taken for a ride in their anticipation on Tuesday of a major announcement such as the declaration of a revolutionary government but instead got to watch on television a legal discourse between him and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sal Panelo. When his political enemies were entertaining the thought that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Expect crackdown, DFA warns Filipino illegals in Malaysia

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday warned undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia to expect an immigration crackdown with the end of the country's voluntary deportation program.   The Malaysian government had said the amnesty program, launched in 2016, would no longer be extended.   There are an estimated 400,000 undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia, according to the DFA.   Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose advised Filipinos there to make sure they have their legal documents with them when they travel.   "In view of this, we request our [countrymen] to exercise due prudence and to ensure they carry their legal documents a...Keep on reading: Expect crackdown, DFA warns Filipino illegals in Malaysia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Filipinos in Malaysia told to heed repatriation

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday appealed to thousands of undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia to avail themselves of the voluntary repatriation offer from the Malaysian government before it ends this month.   In a statement, the DFA called on the estimated 400,000 Filipinos in Malaysia who had no legal immigration status to take advantage of the voluntary deportation program, which will end on Aug. 30.   The DFA made the appeal amid the continuing crackdown on undocumented foreign nationals in Malaysia. ---Jerome Aning...Keep on reading: Filipinos in Malaysia told to heed repatriation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

BEYOND THE BEND: Cha-Cha, RevGov and ML

RevGov (Revolutionary Government) is now a discredited initiative given the anaemic public support it received last November 30, 2017. Although many political commentators still urge Filipinos to remain vigilant against threats to overthrow the existing constitutional order. The Philippines’ system of democracy and economic regime are far from perfect. But as a democratic nation, we […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

SABAH IS OURS! ‘Malaysia tightens grip on mineral-rich island of Sulu sultanate’

MALAYSIA HAS tightened its grip on Sabah which is being claimed by the Sultanate of Sulu following a proposal – by a member of the Philippines’ 25-man consultative committee tasked with reviewing and proposing amendments to the Constitution – to include the mineral-rich island as the country’s 13th federal state. Former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr made the proposal while Filipino lawmakers are preparing to amend the 1987 Constitution and shift from presidential to federal form of government. He said the Duterte administration should continue to push for the country’s claim to Sabah in a way acceptable to international laws. “There should be a way that is acceptable under international laws to assert our claim to Sabah. I think we can defer it a little bit more, but to say that we stop doing it is not in the context of my proposal,” he told ABS-CBN Television recently. He also wanted Scarborough and Spratlys – which is being claimed by China and other ASEAN countries as theirs – to be part of the federated states of the Philippines.  Pimentel has also proposed the following to form part of the federal states Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Minparom, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Bangsamoro and Metro Manila as its capital. “Eventually once we have asserted our sovereignty and rights over Sabah, we should include Sabah. Not only Sabah, but also Scarborough, Benham Rise, and Spratlys,” Pimentel said. According to a report by Channel News Asia, Kuala Lumpur has strongly rejected Pimentel’s proposal to include Sabah as a federal state of the Philippines. “Malaysia is aware of remarks made by Mr Aquilino Pimentel Jr, a member of the Philippines’ Consultative Committee, which appeared in the media on the claim on Sabah recently,” it said, citing Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman as saying in a press statement. “The Government of Malaysia reiterates its position that Malaysia does not recognise and will not entertain any claims by any party on Sabah. Sabah is recognised by the United Nations and the international community as part of Malaysia since the formation of the Federation on 16 September 1963,” Anifah said. “Therefore, statements such as these will only expose the ignorance of history and international law of those who make them, as well as potentially harming the excellent bilateral relations which Malaysia and the Philippines currently enjoy.” Death Sentence Just last month, Malaysia’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for 9 Filipinos who were charged with waging war against the Malaysian King during the 2013 assault on Lahad Datu in Sabah. The Filipinos have been identified as Julham Rashid, 70; Virgilio Nemar Patulada, 53; Salib Akhmad Emali, 65; Tani Lahad Dahi, 64; Basad Manuel, 42; Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram, 54; Atik Hussin Abu Bakar, 46; Al Wazir Osman, 62; and Ismail Yasin, 77. Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif said the January 15 decision of the five-man panel of the Federal Court was unanimous, according to reports by The Star and Asia News Network, adding, the panel agreed with the Court of Appeal that the death sentence was the most appropriate based on the findings of the facts of the case. The other judges were Chief Judge of Malaya Ahmad Maarop, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjun, and Justices Ramly Ali and Azahar Mohamed. Basad Manuel is the son of the Jamalul Kiram III, the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, who died from multiple organ failure in Manila in 2013. The bloody incursion by some 200 followers of Kiram from the southern Philippines in February 2013 was inspired by the supposed sultan’s claims of historical dominion over Sabah. The two-month siege was the most serious security crisis faced by Malaysia in years, involving armed conflict between the Sultan’s loyal followers and the Malaysian armed forces sent to root them out. The panel also dismissed the prosecution’s appeal against the acquittal of 14 men on the charge of waging war against the King and terrorist-related offences linked to the intrusion from Feb 12 to April 10, 2013, the reports further said. Chief Justice Md Raus said the panel has no reason to decide otherwise and affirmed the decision by the Court of Appeal delivered last June. At the height of fighting between Kiram’s followers and security forces, Malaysia deployed armoured vehicles and combat helicopters, including naval boats in an effort to flush out the Filipinos on the oil-rich island being claimed by both sides. About a dozen armoured personnel vehicles arrived in the town of Lahad Datu to support ground troops hunting down at least 50 members of the Sultanate of Sulu headed by Raja Muda Agbimuddin, the sultan’s younger brother. The group intruded Sabah in February 2013 to exert claim over Sabah, citing historical and legal claims, but Malaysia rejected this and launched a massive assault on about 200 of the sultan’s men following a deadline for them to surrender peacefully. The assault by Malaysian jets and ground artilleries left at least 62 intruders dead, but the fighting between the two groups also killed and wounded 18 Malaysian policemen and soldiers. Malaysia arrested more than 300 Filipinos who are suspected of supporting or aiding Raja Muda Agbimuddin’s group under a strict anti-terrorism law. More than 2,000 Filipino Muslims have returned to Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces after fleeing Sabah in 2013 for fear they would be arrested in a massive crackdown launched by Malaysian on illegal immigrants and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Plurality of Pinoys oppose Duterte ‘rev gov’ – SWS

While a clear majority of Filipinos -- 63 percent -- are convinced President Rodrigo Duterte plans to change the present form of government into one that suits him, a 39 percent plurality disagree with his proclaiming a revolutionary government, results of a recent survey by Social Weather Stations showed......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

SWS: Most Pinoys oppose revolutionary gov’t

MANILA, Philippines — More Filipinos are opposing the prospective proclamation of a revolutionary government by the Duterte administration, according to a re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

More Filipinos oppose ‘revgov’

More Filipinos reject President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to establish a “revolutionary government,” according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The poll, conducted from December 8 to 16, showed that 39 percent of 1,200 Filipino adults surveyed said they disagreed with the establishment of a revolutionary government. Thirty-one percent agree while the… link: More Filipinos oppose ‘revgov’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

More Filipinos oppose ‘revgov’

More Filipinos reject President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to establish a “revolutionary government,” according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The poll, conducted from December 8 to 16, showed that 39 percent of 1,200 Filipino adults surveyed said they disagreed with the establishment of a revolutionary government. Thirty-one percent agree while the [...] The post More Filipinos oppose ‘revgov’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

More Filipinos oppose revolutionary government – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – More Filipinos disagree with the declaration of a  revolutionary government over the Philippines, pollster group Social Weather Stations (SWS) announced on Friday, January 12. The SWS asked: Kayo po ba ay...kung sakali pong magproklama si Pang. Rodrigo Duterte ng isang “Revolutionary Government”? (Are you... if ever Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

More Filipinos now have access to financial services, says BSP

MORE Filipinos gained access to financial products and services as the number of local government units across the country that are not served by any financial institution declined in the first half of 2017, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said. In its latest report on the state of financial inclusion in the country, the… link: More Filipinos now have access to financial services, says BSP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Palace sees no reason to declare revolutionary gov’t

DAVAO CITY -- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Malacañang appreciates the call of President Duterte’s supporters for a revolutionary government but stressed a drastic shift of government “has no factual or legal basis for now.” Read More........»»

Category: newsSource:  filipinoexpressRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

Gov t can lose moral mandate due to RevGov – Villegas

MANILA, Philippines – Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas warned that the government can lose its "moral mandate" if it pursues a revolutionary government (RevGov) that Filipinos will find unlawful.  "Kung sakali na 'yung taumbayan ay magsasabi na labag 'yan sa batas, ang isang pamahalaan na hindi sumusunod sa batas, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2017

President has power to set up revolutionary gov’t – Palace counsel

Rodrigo Duterte is empowered under the Constitution to declare a revolutionary government, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said amid persistent calls for a revolutionary government and growing opposition to it. Panelo explained that the Constitution states that it is the duty of a sitting President to serve and protect….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

IN PHOTOS: Shirts Duterte supporters wore at the RevGov rally

On Bonifacio Day, November 30, supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte gathered in Mendiola , Manila, to urge him – even "grant" him powers – to establish a revolutionary government (RevGov).  Coming from different cities and provinces, they wore matching shirts and accessories, which bore texts and designs declaring their support for Duterte, RevGov, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017