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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

DILG chief also clears Liberal Party, Magdalo in ouster plot

It’s the turn of interior and local government chief Eduardo Año to suggest that only communist rebels – and not the opposition Liberal Party or the Magdalo group – are involved in Red October, the supposed plot to oust President Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Trillanes arrest order part of Duterte’s authoritarian playbook, critics say

For opposition coalition group Tindig Pilipinas, the Duterte administration has reached into his authoritarian playbook after a Makati court issued an arrest warrant against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, one of President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critics......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 25th, 2018

Movement Against Tyranny hits AFP s ‘outlandish claims’ of conspiracy

Movement Against Tyranny on Monday rejected the claim of military top brass that the opposition coalition is conspiring with communist rebels to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Source link link: Movement Against Tyranny hits AFP's ‘outlandish claims’ of conspiracy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

‘Resist alliance of tyrants’

A group of victims of human rights violations called on the Filipino people to resist what they called “an alliance of tyrants,” referring to President Duterte, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., on the 46th commemoration of martial law yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Philippines’ Duterte alleges coup plot based on tip from a foreign power

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday revealed what he said was a plot to unseat him hatched by the opposition, Maoist rebels and a group of former soldiers who had mounted failed coups in the past. In a conversation with his lawyer, shown on national television, Duterte said he had asked the military to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

No CPP tie-up with Magdalo, LP to oust Duterte, says Joma Sison

LUCENA CITY --- Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison denied that the communist rebels were in cahoots with the Magdalo group and Liberal Party to topple the Duterte administration. "The broad united front promoted by the CPP against the Duterte tyranny is open to all patriotic forces," Sison said in an online interview from his base in Utrecht, The Netherlands. "But as far as I know, there are yet no talks between the CPP and Trillanes group or the Liberal Party," he said, referring to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who was of the Magdalo, which was involved in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny and the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege. President Rodri...Keep on reading: No CPP tie-up with Magdalo, LP to oust Duterte, says Joma Sison.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

De Lima hails 'EveryWoman for standing up vs Duterte s misogyny

September 1, 2018. Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has commended the convenors behind the group #EveryWoman, on the occasion of its 1st anniversary, for tirelessly standing up to misogynists like Mr. Duterte and empowering women to fight his murderous policies. Recognized by Amnesty International as one of the… Source link link: De Lima hails #EveryWoman for standing up vs Duterte's misogyny.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Fil-Am activists resist ‘looming Duterte’s dictatorship’

  The anti-dictatorship movement in the Filipino American community helped oust Ferdinand Marcos during the 1986 EDSA People Power uprising. That spirit of opposition to repression and injustice didn't go away after 1986. When President Rodrigo Duterte launched his War on Drugs in 2016, leaving thousands of mostly poor victims dead, the killings and the administration's impulse to heavy-handed rule rekindled the spirit of opposition in the Fil-Am community. With their US taxes used as aid in procuring weapons, intelligence, and the war on drugs, as well as Duterte's closeness to Trump and China, many community leaders and activists have decided to begin educating the pu...Keep on reading: Fil-Am activists resist ‘looming Duterte’s dictatorship’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

With Sereno for charm offensive, opposition projects strong front

MANILA, Philippines – Tindig Pilipinas held a general assembly on Tuesday, June 12, Independence Day – its biggest yet since it launched in September 2017 as a coalition that will resist the Duterte administration. The purpose was to send a message that the opposition is alive and strong. It was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

ICC to inquire on raps vs Rody

ROQUE: MERE PROCESS TO DETERMINE BASIS President Duterte intends to defend himself, “if need be,” on the crimes against humanity charges that his opponents filed against him before The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday. Roque, an international law expert, explained that the ICC’s recognition was simply a proceeding to determine if the case has basis to proceed or not.Roque said Malacañang has received ICC’s notice for a “preliminary examination” on the complaints filed by the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato, who is under the care of Duterte’s chief critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.Roque said the 72-year-old Chief Executive is ready to submit himself before the proceedings once he is summoned to The Hague.“The President and I met about this extensively for two hours last night. The President welcomes the preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused,” Roque told reporters. “Obviously, this is intended to embarrass the president. They will fail. The President said that if need be, he will argue his case before the ICC,” he added.Matobato’s counsel Jude Sabio, in April last year, submitted to the ICC a petition against Mr. Duterte on the basis of his apparent admission of “killing” suspected drug traffickers and criminals in Davao City when he was still its Mayor.By June, Trillanes and Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed a supplemental complaint against the Chief Executive also at the ICC. The complaint is based on the series of extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s narcotics crackdown.Sabio, in a text message, claimed that the given development is already a victory on their end.“I feel so elated and vindicated. Finally, Mr. Duterte and his cohorts will face criminal investigation by the ICC prosecutor as a prelude to formal criminal investigation,” Sabio said. “It is a huge triumph toward justice. Duterte’s system of death squad killings that he continued in his war on drugs will be investigated and hopefully an arrest warrant will be issued against him and justice will be done,” he added.“I am confident that, based on my communication, as well as that of Sen. Trillanes’ and (Magdalo) Rep. (Gary) Alejano’s, we will hurdle this first big step, and hopefully a warrant of arrest will be issued soon by the ICC against Duterte and his cohorts,” he added. Critics overjoyedTrillanes, for his part, claimed that the ICC’s recognition of their complaint should remind Mr. Duterte that he is not above the law.“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator said.But Roque said Trillanes and his group should not celebrate yet.“No one should claim victory… If they think the President has been indicted, they are so wrong,” he said.“There will be no formal investigation to be conducted in the country because at the level of the preliminary examination, where the Court does not include the budget for the prosecutor to come to the Philippines because it is not yet a preliminary investigation,” he said.“Now the objective is to determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with the formal investigation,” he added.In Sabio’s complaint addressed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, he said that the international criminal court’s action “would... be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines.”“Crimes against humanity are crimes of universal jurisdiction, but where a State like the Philippines fails to assume such universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity continuously being committed in its very own territory, then the International Criminal Court will have to intervene into a situation that is grave by any human standard,” Sabio said.“The grim statistics of more than 7,000 drug-related killings cannot be anything but grave, especially if viewed in the context of just seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, compared to only about 3,000 committed during the 20-year Marcos regime. These more than 7,000 drug-related killings translate to roughly 1,000 killings per month,” he added.Two other opposition senators urged Malacañang, instead of criticizing this development, to deal with the issues being hurled at the President.“That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the magnitude of deaths reaching thousands upon thousands in less than two years,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.“This is the chance for the government to answer the accusations raised against them. There is no reason to be afraid if the administration is not hiding anything,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.Aquino said this should be a welcome opportunity for the administration to make their case to an unbiased and globally respected tribunal. Villarin wants Roque charged, tooAkbayan Rep Tom Villarin said the entry of the ICC into the issues raised against Duterte gives hope to the thousands killed under the latter’s war on drugs. “It is a welcome development and gives hope to thousands of EJK (extra judicial killings) victims that finally justice will be served,” Villarin said.“This will also hold President Duterte and other top officials involved in the bloody war against drugs accountable as well as it gives us an opportunity to implead other enablers of EJKs, including possibly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque,” Villarin added.While the Akbayan lawmaker said that the investigation may not lead to Duterte’s puster, he said that it will be damning and damaging to his administration in the eyes of our people and the international community.“I am hopeful that people will now realize the truth and demand accountability from him with all constitutional options available,” Villarin said.Alejano said that the preliminary examination will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. “I hope that the preliminary examination will be allowed to carry on – unhindered and with full cooperation from concerned authorities, organizations, and personalities,” Alejano, one of those who brought the EJK issue before the ICC, said.“I am confident on the communication we sent to the ICC and strongly believe that President Duterte and those who perpetuate and defend this policy of killing should be held accountable before the law,” Alejano said. Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Publishers group urges Duterte to stop attacks on Rappler

A group of newspapers and publishers has urged the Duterte administration to stop its "attacks" against news website Rappler and to discourage its supporters from harassing its journalists......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Resolution urges Duterte to convene NSC, take action on South China Sea militarization

Detained opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima on Friday announced that she has filed Senate Resolution (SR) No. 744 urging President and Commander-in-Chief Rodrigo R. Duterte to convene immediately the National Security Council (NSC) “to determine decisive courses of action” on the reported China’s militarization over the South China Sea region. “Inaction or soft diplomatic […] The post Resolution urges Duterte to convene NSC, take action on South China Sea militarization appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

Duterte urges Maute members to surrender, wants to proclaim land reform in areas in Mindanao

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, May 11, pleaded with former Maute terrorist group members to stop fighting the government and instead help with its rehabilitation efforts in rebuilding the once besieged city of Marawi. “Huwag na muna tayo mag-away (let’s stop fighting,)” urged Mr. Duterte in a speech at the Marawi City Provincial Capitol […] The post Duterte urges Maute members to surrender, wants to proclaim land reform in areas in Mindanao appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

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