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Pinoys in Netherlands to picket vs killings, rights violations under Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — A group of Filipinos in the Netherlands will hold a protest in The Hague to condemn the alleged extrajudicial killings and human rights.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarDec 8th, 2017

Pinoys in Netherlands brave snow to protest killings in the Philippines

By BULATLAT Despite heavy snow, Filipinos in the Netherlands held a symbolic protest at the Philippine Embassy in The Hague on Dec. 11 to denounce “state-sponsored” killings under the Duterte administration. The broad network Filipinos Against Corruption and Tyranny (FACT) conducted an hour-long picket in front of the embassy before formally presenting their statement to… The post Pinoys in Netherlands brave snow to protest killings in the Philippines appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

Lorenzana: RP can buy choppers elsewhere

The government is ready to look for other sources of utility helicopters if Canada chooses not to proceed with the P11.7 billion sale of 16 brand new Bell 412s to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said. Canadian papers have reported that the Canadian government has ordered a review of the deal amid concerns that the helicopters would be used in fighting rebels.Lorenzana, in a statement, stressed that the 16 brand new Bell412 combat utility helicopters would be used by the AFP to save lives.“Should the Canadian government choose to discontinue their sale of the aircraft to us, then we will procure them from another source,” said Lorenzana.The $233 million agreement was only signed last Wednesday.Immediately after, the Canadian government, through Trade Minister Francois Philippe Champagne reportedly ordered a review of the deal after learning that the helicopters would be used for internal security operations of the AFP.“When we saw that declaration ... we immediately launched a review with the relevant authorities. And we will obviously review the facts and take the right decision,” Champagne was quoted in the reports.But Lorenzana maintained that the helicopters would be used by the AFP “primarily for the transportation of personnel and supplies, ferrying wounded and injured soldiers, and the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations.” “They are not attack or close support aircraft. While they may be used in support of Internal Security Operations or ISO, their role is limited to those that I mentioned,” he said.“As its designation ‘combat utility helicopter or CUH’ connotes, the Bell CUH 412 is a utility helicopter and, contrary to what some parties mistakenly believe, its mission is to save lives,” Lorenzana added.The Bell 412EPI helicopters were supposed to be delivered early next year.Canada cites HR strings on dealChampagne also mentioned human rights as key element in Canada’s foreign and trade policy.It will be recalled that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during last November’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit in Manila, raised questions on President Duterte’s war against illegal drugs which is being blamed for thousands of alleged extra judicial killings in the country.The Department of National Defense (DND), however, stressed that while it is the prerogative of the Canadian government to review the deal, human rights issue should not equate to the ISO of the AFP in general.“I think it is unfair to equate internal security operations in general with human rights violations first of all the alleged human rights violations are unverified there are still being investigated and have to be documented,” DND’s Public Affairs Service chief Arsenio Andolong said.“I think it’s premature to cast judgment on the armed forces in this regard so I think it would be to the best interests of both our countries to step back and reconsider what the Canadian government is thinking,” Andolong added.“If they don’t want to sell, well, we may consider the prospect of procuring them from other sources,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said. Politicization raised“They must not politicize the acquisition,” said Major-General Restituto Padilla, the deputy chief of staff for plans and programmes of the Philippine armed forces.According to the Philippine defense department, the deal was signed with trade promotion outfit Canadian Commercial Corp last December, shortly after Trudeau clashed with Duterte during a Manila visit over alleged Philippine police murders of thousands of drug suspects.The Philippines employs attack helicopters and planes to support ground troops battling militants in the Muslim south, as well as against communist guerrillas in other parts of the mainly Catholic Asian nation.As well as in the drug war, the Philippine military has for years been saddled with allegations of human rights abuses in its counter-insurgency campaigns.“They are purely for utility purposes — ergo, transport purposes especially during HADR operations,” Padilla said, using a military term for disaster response.“We have separate and dedicated attack helicopters,” he added.Apart from armed insurgencies, the Philippines is also regularly battered by typhoons.“These will be used to transport personnel, supplies, humanitarian missions, ferrying of wounded and injured soldiers, and other forms of humanitarian assistance and disaster response,” Roque added.Bell Helicopter said the Philippine military would use the aircraft “for a variety of missions such as disaster relief, search and rescue, passenger transport and utility transport”. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Akbayan Youth leaders to speak in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two national leaders of Akbayan Youth,visiting from the Philippines, will hold a dialogue with Filipino Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area on human rights violations, extrajudicial killings, impunity in public office, and threats to democracy under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.   Shamah Silvosa Bulangis and Justine Balane will speak to Filipino American human right advocates, on March 7, Wednesday night, 6:00 -- 8:00 p.m., at the Bayanihan Community Center, at 1010 Mission Street, Suite B, San Francisco.   Shamah Silvosa Bulangis, National Secretary General of Akbayan Youth, undergraduate student of Silliman University,...Keep on reading: Akbayan Youth leaders to speak in San Francisco.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 5th, 2018

Church finds ‘her voice’ in 2017 to oppose spate of killings, rights abuses

  It was in 2017 or a year into the Duterte presidency that the Catholic Church found "her voice" to oppose the spate of killings, the disregard for due process and human right violations.   It began with the massive "Walk for Life" prayer rally in February, followed by a 40-day mourning period beginning in September and a 33-day healing period which started in November.   "The Church found her voice to oppose the seeming disregard for human rights and legal processes. What is important is that the Church was finally able to voice its opinions," Fr. Jerome Secillano said.   Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of ...Keep on reading: Church finds ‘her voice’ in 2017 to oppose spate of killings, rights abuses.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

LOOK: Groups gather at Bonifacio Shrine on Human Rights Day

Undeterred by the inclement weather, multi-sectoral groups start to gather at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila on Sunday to celebrate the International Human Rights Day and to decry the alleged deterioration of human rights under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch. In a joint statement released on Saturday, the Movement Against Tyranny (MAT), comprised of incumbent and former legislators, lawyers and doctors, artists and members of the media, academics and religious leaders, representatives of (nongovernment organizations) NGOs and peoples organizations, and prominent individuals, warned of a "new and wider wave of killings and human rights violations in the country" under the Duterte gove...Keep on reading: LOOK: Groups gather at Bonifacio Shrine on Human Rights Day.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 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

Palace on Amnesty report: Pinoys satisfied with Duterte

MANILA, Philippines - The special concern aired by human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) on reports of extrajudicial killings under President Dute.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2017

Duterte urged to continue peace talks with rebels

DAVAO CITY – Farmers fighting for genuine land reform have appealed on Sunday to President Rodrigo Duterte to continue the peace talks with communist rebels after he scrapped the negotiations following the spate of deadly attacks by insurgents in southern Philippines. Duterte’s decision to abandon the negotiations with communist leaders came on Saturday barely a day after he terminated the government’s unilateral ceasefire with New People’s Army rebels who also ended earlier its own truce. Since then, at least 4 soldiers had been killed by rebels in separate attacks and three more are being held prisoners in the troubled region. The rebels demanded the release of some 400 political prisoners &'' mostly NPA fighters and their leaders – languishing in jails across the country, but Duterte flatly rejected the demand, saying, a peace accord must be signed first before he could grant amnesty to political prisoners, although he had ordered the release from prison at least 21 senior rebel leaders to join the peace talks. Duterte said he cannot free all political prisoners and claimed that such action may trigger unrest in the police and military. Peace talks and land reform  But Joseph Canlas, chairman of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, one of the biggest farmers’ organizations in the country, said the continuation of peace negotiations is in the best interest of farmers, who are pressing for genuine land reform, land distribution and real change under the Duterte administration. “Farmers want the peace negotiations to continue. We want the peace talks to help address the problem of land monopoly, landlessness of farmers, unemployment and to realize the equitable distribution of social wealth,” Canlas said. “The peace negotiation is a separate and distinct track of struggle to press for significant pro-people reforms. While the New People’s Army and President Duterte announced the termination of the unilateral interim ceasefires, it should not hinder the continuation of the talks that is gaining relevant developments with regard to discussions on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms, particularly agrarian reform and rural development,” he added. Canlas said based on the reported outcome of third round of the peace talks in Rome recently, the government, in principle, acquiesced to free land distribution to farmers and farm workers and that alone is a milestone with regard to pushing for socio-economic reforms and enough grounds to continue the talks. Pedro Arnado, leader of the farmers’ group in southern Mindanao, also urged Duterte not to abandon the peace talks, saying, the resumption of war with rebels may spark a series of illegal arrest and human rights violations, and even extrajudicial killings of civilians by government soldiers. “We call for the continuation of the peace talks and compliance to the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Law to avoid rights violations of civilians,” said Arnado, who noted that at least 20 farmers and national minorities were killed during the ceasefire period. “For us farmers, a just peace means food for our families, education for our children and recognition of our right to the land we till.” Arnado said while the ultimate goal of the peace talks is to resolve the armed conflict and achieve cessation of hostilities, that wouldn’t be possible at this period when there are conflicting social classes and interests. “Big land estates, haciendas and landholdings remain intact and under the control of a few landlord families. That is in contrast with the situation of millions of tillers,” Arnado said, adding, Duterte should realize that people in the countryside are supporting and even joining the armed revolution because of the systemic and chronic crisis that is worsened by the government’s failure to address the most basic problems in rural areas. “Historically, it is the peasant masses that have made the ultimate sacrifices to achieve peace. Buhay na ang ibinuwis ng mga magsasaka para sa lupa at kapayapaan. The cost of peace is too expensive, farmers have paid it with their lives,” Arnado said. Cancel passport of communist negotiators Duterte also threatened to cancel the passports of the representatives National Democratic Front of the Philippines &'' the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the NPA &'' who make up the peace panel negotiating with the government, saying, “they are in the wanted list, so I will alert the International Police to arrest them where they are because they are in wanted list. I'll cancel their passports.” “They can return, all of them. For those released by the government, they should, on their own volition, return here and go back to prison. Or else I will be forced to, I am alerting all the intelligence community to keep track of where they are now,” Duterte said. “Iyon na-release temporarily to talk with us in Oslo, they should come back and submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the government because they are still in prison. Walang pardon, walang amnesty, wala lahat.” Blame Duterte, AFP The NPA blamed Duterte for the breakdown of the talks and accused the military of sabotaging the peace negotiations, saying, security forces encroached and attacked rebel territories in Mindanao, and murdered innocent civilians suspected of supporting the communist group. “To conceal their own ceasefire violation, the spin doctors of the Armed Forces of the Philippines concocted yet another storyline of an anti-criminality operation to assist the Philippine National Police in going after lawless elements such as their botched combat operations in Makilala and Matalam [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2017

“We have long ceased to be a colony of the US” – Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 Sept) &'8212; President Rodrigo Duterte said US President Barrack Obama cannot confront him on issues of alleged extrajudicial killings and human rights violations because the Philippines is “no valsal state” and has.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 6th, 2016

Duterte asks God: Let EJK victims go to heaven

MANILA, Philippines – As he opened Mindanao's largest drug rehabilitation center, President Rodrigo Duterte said he has asked God to make sure victims of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) go to heaven. "You enjoy your human rights there in heaven kasi (because) God promised you that victims of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Pictures capture last week’s SONA protests in US cities

Hundreds of protesters staged their own United People's State of the Nation Address (SONA) in various cities in the United States to counter the alleged lies that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was going to say in his own SONA. Organized by MALAYA Movement with groups like Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Friends of Akbayan Party-list, Migrante, Gabriela, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), protesters slammed alleged continued human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings (EJK), the administration's push to change the Constitution, Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), and various actions signifying the emergence ...Keep on reading: Pictures capture last week’s SONA protests in US cities.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Duterte who inspired mass killings says he cares about human life

"Your concern is human rights. Mine is human lives," is perhaps the most cynical, nonsensical, cold-blooded pronouncement by a Philippine president. But it is, of course, not surprising that the statement came from Rodrigo Duterte, the leader who inspired one of the most horrific mass killings in Philippine history. Police have reported killing more 4,000 people in so-called drug operations. 4,000 human lives. That's 4,000 Filipinos who were tagged as either a drug dealer or user, and summarily executed. No due process. No hearing. No trial. And those deaths are just a small part of the picture. Police have also reported more than 22,000 deaths that are under investigatio...Keep on reading: Duterte who inspired mass killings says he cares about human life.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Bishop hits Duterte for pitting human rights vs human lives

MANILA, Philippines – Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for pitting human rights against human lives in his 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA), as he promised to continue a "chilling" anti-drug campaign . "Such a statement implies that the victims of drug-related killings ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Duterte s concern for human lives gets attention but for wrong reasons

Filipinos took to social media their frustration with President Rodrigo Duterte's remark in his third SONA where he said his concern is not human rights but the lives of people amid thousands of cases of extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

2 years of Duterte presidency a rights calamity, says int’l group

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) describes the second year of President Rodrigo Duterte in power in just four words: a human rights calamity. "On this day two years ago, Rodrigo Duterte took his oath of office as President of the Philippines --- and immediately unleashed a human rights calamity in the guise of a 'drug war' that has claimed the lives of thousands of men, women and children," Carlos Conde, HRW Asia researcher, said in a statement on Saturday. "This is a day of mourning, not celebration. Mourning for the thousands of poor Filipinos that have been subjected to brutal summary killings by the police and 'unidentified gunmen' --- who are often also state agents ---...Keep on reading: 2 years of Duterte presidency a rights calamity, says int’l group.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

The art of dissent in the time of Duterte

Filipino artists have been busy these past couple of years. After all, far from simply providing aesthetic value, art has historically been made to, at the very least, stir conversation – and in President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, there is a lot to talk about. There’s the bloody war on drugs , alleged human rights violations ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Hontiveros to Duterte admin: Heed 38 countries’ call to stop killings

The Duterte administration should heed the call of 38 nations under the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to stop and probe the killings in its drug war, opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros urged on Monday. In a statement, the Akbayan senator said she welcomed the UNHRC's call to the Duterte administration to end the drug war killings and cooperate with international bodies in investigating human rights abuses. READ: 38 nations ask PH: Stop killings, probe abuses "I am happy that more and more countries are adding their voice in the fight to end the climate of killings and impunity in our country," she said. She dubbed as "ridiculous" Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan P...Keep on reading: Hontiveros to Duterte admin: Heed 38 countries’ call to stop killings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

UN rights chief calls for probe of abuses by Venezuela military

GENEVA, Switzerland – The United Nations human rights chief called Friday, June 22, for an international investigation of atrocities in Venezuela, blasting the government's chronic refusal to probe security officers over the alleged killings of civilians. "The failure to hold security forces accountable for such serious human rights violations suggests that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Ejercito urges PNP to clarify guidelines on ‘anti-tambay’ drive

https://youtu.be/OdP8EYrjWmM Amid continued fears of possible human rights violations, Senator JV Ejercito called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday to come up with guidelines before enforcing its "anti-tambay" campaign.   Ejercito noted the arrests of loiterers immediately after President Rodrigo Duterte's warning against them.   "Siguro dapat i-clarify ng PNP 'yung guidelines. Dapat meron silang guidelines in the first place. Kasi parang noong nagbigay ng order ang Pangulo, agad-agad nilang inimplement without informing the public about the guidelines; so ano ba ang bawal, ano ba ang hindi? Kung ikaw man ay isang ordinaryong mamayan, ordinaryon...Keep on reading: Ejercito urges PNP to clarify guidelines on ‘anti-tambay’ drive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 21st, 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