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Opposition group urges SC to ‘resist Duterte’s tyranny’

Government opposition group Movement Against Tyranny (MAT) urged the Supreme Court (SC) to “not allow themselves to be instruments of Duterte’s tyranny,” according a statement released on Tuesday, April 17. “The Quo Warranto petition filed by the Duterte regime through Solicitor-General Jose C. Calida is a blatant shortcut that tramples upon the Constitution. It should […] The post Opposition group urges SC to ‘resist Duterte’s tyranny’ appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineApr 17th, 2018

New group vows fight vs fascism

A new opposition coalition on Sunday vowed to resist and oppose all efforts of the Duterte administration to enforce authoritarian rule. During its first general assembly held at the University of the Philippines’ Bahay ng Alumni, the Laban ng Masa coalition pledged to combat the “fascist” moves of President Rodrigo Duterte, who, according to former [...] The post New group vows fight vs fascism appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsOct 30th, 2017

Denounce US-led air strikes vs Syria, Bayan urges Duterte gov’t

  The militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)on Saturdayurged the Duterte administration to condemn the United States-led air and missile strikes against the Syrian capital. Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes said the United States was only advancing its "imperialist agenda" in the Middle East when it led the missile strikes on Damascus. Since4 a.m.(Damascus local time)on Saturday, the United States, France and United Kingdom have been launching rockets on Damascus in retaliation for the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons. "We call on the Philippine government to condemn the air strikes on Syria and US armed aggression in the Middle East....Keep on reading: Denounce US-led air strikes vs Syria, Bayan urges Duterte gov’t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Talk to Abu Sayyaf, Australian kidnap victim urges gov’t

ZAMBOANGA CITY --- Like President Rodrigo Duterte, Australian kidnap victim Warren Rodwell said he favored talking to Abu Sayyaf bandits to determine what they really wanted, hoping to stop the group's criminal activities. "I don't want the Philippine government to kill or hurt my captors. The way to reach to them is to talk to them. If they are arrested, don't kill [them]; put them behind bars," Rodwell said through a Facebook chat on Sunday. Rodwell issued the statement after learning that Nurhassan Jamiri, the leader of the group that abducted him in 2011, had yielded to the military. The Basilan-based Jamiri surrendered to soldiers in Hadji Mohammad Ajul town on March 28...Keep on reading: Talk to Abu Sayyaf, Australian kidnap victim urges gov’t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Duterte critics on Easter: Darkness won t last forever

MANILA, Philippines – Critics of President Rodrigo Duterte called for an end to the "present darkness" in the Philippines, as Filipinos on Easter Sunday, April 1, celebrated the feast of Jesus' triumph over death. In a statement, opposition group Tindig Pilipinas  cited forms of suffering in the Philippines, such as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Int’l group to PH gov’t: Free De Lima

An inter-governmental organization of parliamentarians has called on the Philippine government to "immediately" release Senator Leila de Lima from prison and to drop the drug cases filed against her. As it closed its 138th Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Governing Council adopted a resolution expressing concern that De Lima remains in pre-trial detention more than a year after arrest. The resolution was based on the decisions of the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians. The IPU believed the steps taken against De Lima were "in response to her vocal opposition to President Duterte's war on drugs, including her denunciation of ...Keep on reading: Int’l group to PH gov’t: Free De Lima.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

Liberal Party senatorial slate, FASAP on SC ruling, Xi greets Duterte | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: The Liberal Party wants to form an opposition slate called 'The Resistance' for the 2019 senatorial elections.  The Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines calls out the Supreme Court for declaring the retrenchment of Philippine Airlines employees valid.  Rights group Karapatan says there's no one to blame but President Rodrigo Duterte – not human ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Peasant leader’s daughter urges DOJ to junk ‘sham terrorist list’

The daughter of a peasant leader has called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to junk its"sham terrorist list" after her father was tagged as "terrorists" in theproscription petition filed before the court. Novinm Murillo, daughter of Norberto Murillo, said that her father was a human rightsdefender, being a member of Alyansa't Lakas ng Mamamayang DemokratikongPilipinas and Kusog san mga Biktima 1081. "My father is a victim of an oppressive state that brands as terrorists those who fightfor the rights of the people. We demand that Duterte's sham terrorist list be junked,"Novinm said in a statement provided by human rights group Karapatanon Thursday. "Many people have not heard ...Keep on reading: Peasant leader’s daughter urges DOJ to junk ‘sham terrorist list’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

LP urges prosecution of Napoles

  President Rodrigo Duterte's administration should pursue the criminal prosecution of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles "instead of using the people's money to give her refuge and protection," the Liberal Party (LP) said on Tuesday.   "The wheels of justice have started on the case of Napoles. The government must pursue her criminal prosecution, instead of using the people's money to give her refuge and protection through the Witness Protection Program (WPP). To do so would be a great mockery of justice," LP said in a statement.   The statement of the opposition political party came after Napoles' lead counsel Stephen David told repo...Keep on reading: LP urges prosecution of Napoles.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

Group fears of ‘full-fledged tyranny’ as SC legitimizes martial law extension

        A human-rights militant organization on Tuesdaysaid the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) approving the extension of martial law in Mindanao is one of the "ingredients for a full-fledged tyranny."   With a vote of 10-5, the SC dismissed the four petitions filed by several lawmakers opposing the extension of martial law until Dec. 2018.   READ: SC affirms Duterte extension of martial law in Mindanao   "Just as the Duterte-controlled super majority in Congress colluded to approve the extension of martial law last December 2017, the Supreme Court followed through with a rubber stamp to legitimize martial rule, com...Keep on reading: Group fears of ‘full-fledged tyranny’ as SC legitimizes martial law extension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

‘Grand Deception’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao: WHEN RAPPLER through its President, Maria Ressa, was caught trifling with an important tenet in the Philippine constitution that mandates that Philippine media should be 100% owned by Filipinos the Securities and Exchange Commission ordered it closed. Rappler was parading like it is wholly owned by Filipinos but turned out it accepted investment from Omidyar Network (ON) which is known for its notoriety in destabilizing heads of state that are not docile to America. It tried deception by claiming that the Philippine Deposit Receipts it issued to ON money was for philanthropic contribution. The attempt dragged them deeper in shit as PDRs are actually commercial instruments. When this trick did not work, Ressa again tried another act this time claiming that Omidyar signed a waiver on its veto power. Again this did not pass scrutiny of the SEC because the said waiver was discovered to be just a scrap of paper as the document was not notarized.  Running out of deceptive tricks Ma. Ressa went berserk when she was served the closure order and went about town crying her freedom is being curtailed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte no less. Her partner Pia Ranada did the same screaming she will be jailed by Duterte’s military. The grandstanding, it was obvious, was to stonewall the criminal violation they committed and to paint Rappler and its staff headed by Ressa as victims of oppression and dictatorial regime of Duterte. Contrary to its claim that they have lost their freedom of expression, more than ever Rappler had increased the crescendo of its unfettered attack on no less than the President Duterte himself. Ressa spearheaded a Black Friday movement supported by a handful of students from where else by the University of the Philippines campus and the usual garrulous but moribund Liberal Party stalwarts headed by VP Leni Robredo. They were joined in by UN Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her local counterpart Chito Gascon in denouncing the Duterte government for curtailing the freedom of the press. Other foreign-funded media outfits joined the fray for obvious reason.  Theirs is a cacophony of ridiculous chants. Robredo warned that the closure of Rappler is a symptom of a dark future of the country. The juvenile delinquents in the UP campus joined pipsqueak assemblies with screaming placards denouncing Pres. Duterte and his “malignant forces that continue to peddle lies to justify their tyranny and dictatorship”.  They cut classes to face the TV cameras and klieg lights unmindful of yet another spectacular grade the survey firms Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia showing an “excellent” grade on the sustained trust and popularity of the nation on Duterte which they had been flagellating no end.  No one seems to mind their issue about tyranny and dictatorship as the World Bank grudgingly declared that “DDS killed democracy in the Philippines but they haven’t killed the country’s vibrant economy”.  Forbes, an international business magazine, likewise quoted WB on its Global Economic Prospects, which asserts that “Duterte Philippines is the 10th fastest growing economy in the world”.  The statistics is a slap on the face of VP Robredo who remains to be an incurable pessimist despite the figures that cannot lie. She continues to see the future of the Philippines in dark glasses forgetting that she is a Vice President and therefore should have celebrated with the rest for the gains that the country achieved. For her part, Maria Ressa simply ignored what Forbes and WB declared.  Maybe out of outrage that the Robredo seemed to be out of sync and blinded by sheer politicking and negativism, UP Political Science professor and political analyst, Clarita Carlos,  made a five-worded message to The Vice President thus: “President Duterte moves the Philippines forward”. To those who denigrate Duterte from cutting the country’s umbilical cord to America, Professor Carlos had this to say. “Duterte has moved the Philippines away from the usual foreign policy and in turn ‘defined national interest’ by tracking his own way of foreign policy”. She admired Duterte for his political guts and courage.  It is indeed pathetic that while the Philippines rise several notches higher in political and economic arena the opposition and the foreign-aided media outfits shamelessly continue to belittle these achievements. It is no small feat that Philippines came out stronger in economic growth than China in the 3rd quarter of 2017. On the 4th quarter moreover China rallied (6.9%) and landed on top of Asian countries followed by Vietnam (6.8) and Philippines 6.7%. The Philippines however has been growing more than 6% for nine consecutive quarters and that sustained growth is best among Asean nations. Any which way you look at it, that spells economic stability and investment grade for investors service firms like Moody’s and other international credit rating institutions. Cause and effect is a simple gauge to measure the impact of the tyranny and dictatorial regime that Rappler and its sympathizers have been accusing the Duterte regime. But as I always say, no one can quarrel with success especially when institutions of unquestionable stature put the positive figures across. Expect the economy to grow even faster in 2018 when infrastructure spending commences under the Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program. As we all know, the government had earmarked P8.4-trillion to achieve the mega infrastructure projects comprising of railways, highways and bridges, irrigation’s, airports and seaports to name a few. The job opportunities that these programs will generate are equally mind-boggling. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

WATCH | Legislators seek probe of Navy’s PhP15.7B frigate scandal

MANILA – A group of opposition senators has sought a public inquiry into the Navy’s PhP15.7 billion ($310 million) acquisition of a frigate from a South Korean firm, after media reported that the president’s closest aide, Christopher “Bong” Go, had apparently meddled in the deal. President Rodrigo Duterte became furious at media reports that his […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Legislators seek probe of Navy’s PhP15.7B frigate scandal

MANILA – A group of opposition senators has sought a public inquiry into the Navy’s PhP15.7 billion ($310 million) acquisition of a frigate from a South Korean firm, after media reported that the president’s closest aide, Christopher “Bong” Go, had apparently meddled in the deal. President Rodrigo Duterte became furious at media reports that his […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Opposition senators urges Filipinos to be vigilant in 2018

2018 may yet be another fight for nation’s soul, opposition senators say. #BeFullyInformed Opposition senators urges Filipinos to be vigilant in 2018 Opposition senators today urged Filipinos to be vigilant as the New Year may yet be another fight for the nation’s soul under the Duterte administration. Source link: Opposition senators urges Filipinos to be vigilant in 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Intl lawyers’ group urges ‘brother in the profession’ Duterte to end killings, uphold rights

An international lawyers’ organization called on their “brother in the profession,” President Rodrigo Duterte, to end the extrajudicial killings that have characterized his war on drugs and to “respect human rights and fundamental liberties.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

Human rights Day protests highlight people’s resistance to rising tyranny

President Duterte's "fascist regime" faces stronger opposition from the people's movement. The post Human rights Day protests highlight people’s resistance to rising tyranny appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsDec 13th, 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

PDP-Laban won’t back RevGov as rallies set

  The revolutionary government (RevGov) idea floated by President Rodrigo Duterte as a countermove against plots to oust him is meeting tough resistance from a leftist group and losing support even from the political party that carried him in the presidential race last year.   Left-wing labor group Partido Manggagawa (PM) said opposition to RevGov would be the main rallying cry of rallies during the commemoration of Bonifacio Day today.   "Bonifaco led a real revolution to gain democracy for the Filipino masses," said Rene Magtubo, PM national chair, in a statement.   "Duterte's RevGov is a coup d'tat to install a dictatorship," he said. &n...Keep on reading: PDP-Laban won’t back RevGov as rallies set.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

Trillanes charged

OPPOSITION Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has been charged before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office with allegedly inciting soldiers to shoot President Duterte and amassing ill-gotten wealth. A group of lawyers led by former congressmen Jacinto Paras and Glenn Chong filed the complaint against Trillanes for inciting sedition, proposal to commit….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

AI urges Trump to tell Duterte to end ‘unlawful’ killings

As US President Donald Trump is set to meet top world leaders during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) Summit this week, human rights group Amnesty International (AI) Philippines called on the American chief executive to raise alleged human rights violations and extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs. Source link link: AI urges Trump to tell Duterte to end ‘unlawful’ killings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Bandillo: The die is cast

At the rate the Duterte regime is responding to dissent by strong-arm tactics, it is not far-fetched that a broader, wider alliance of all opposition and parties against tyranny and fascism be established soonest......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2017