CPP: Terror tag also targets political opposition

The Anti-Terrorism Council’s designation of the Communist Party of the Philippines as a terrorist group is also directed at the legal political opposition, CPP Central Committee information officer Marco Valbuena claimed yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarDec 28th, 2020

Whom will Duterte endorse for president?

The candidates for president in May 2022 remain floating as the polarization or realignment of political forces is still in progress. Bitter rivalries, dissension, and procrastination have rocked the ranks of both the administration and opposition quarters......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 14th, 2021

A year into terror law, ‘meager’ assets of rights defenders frozen

Critics of the anti-terror law have long assailed that it will be used to silence dissent. A year on, progressives said the law has left bank accounts of non-profit organizations and political prisoners frozen on allegations that they are financing or supporting terrorism. The post A year into terror law, ‘meager’ assets of rights defenders frozen appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

Malaysian opposition leader extols Rizal for ‘Malay union’

Political foes tried to break Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim with solitary imprisonment on trumped up charges......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2021

Kin fear for safety of peace consultants in Anti-Terror Council’s list

“There is nothing most fearful, most oppressive and most unjust than the way political prisoners are being treated under this regime.” The post Kin fear for safety of peace consultants in Anti-Terror Council’s list appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMay 15th, 2021

UK municipal elections put new opposition leader to the test in international

The media has already dubbed it a “Super Thursday”, with a tendency to pursue historical political moments that do not suit voters’ enthusiasm. Typically, voting.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2021

‘Huli’ week aims to cripple opposition – Bayan Muna

"While these systematic attacks are still part of the Duterte administration's warped and militarist campaign against progressive organizations, clearly, it is also aimed at serving a chilling message to the political opposition.” The post ‘Huli’ week aims to cripple opposition – Bayan Muna appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMar 31st, 2021

1Sambayan will fail

Here are some facts on the political situation of the country and realities on the ground. These are the reasons I say the plan of former Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and some well-intentioned people to change the political system of the country, calling for a united opposition against what they call the “dictatorial and authoritarian” tendency of President Duterte, is bound to fail......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 25th, 2021

They belong to the circus

Last March 18, an anti-administration group called 1Sambayan publicly anointed itself as the unofficial political opposition party. The group said it will oppose all candidates to be endorsed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in the May 2022 elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 25th, 2021

Syria s opposition a disappointment a decade after war

Weakened by military defeats and internal rows, Syria's mostly exiled political opposition has failed during a decade of war to close ranks and provide a viable alternative to President Bashar al-Assad......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 9th, 2021

Petitioners assert ‘mere intent constitutes terrorism’ under Terror Law

Jose Manuel Diokno argued that intent, for as long as it does not cross the line, should not be criminalized. He adds that the provision punishes the exercise of civil and political rights, which, for as long as it is peaceful, should be protected. The post Petitioners assert ‘mere intent constitutes terrorism’ under Terror Law appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2021

CPP is deceiving the public for denying existence of its front organizations — Roque

It would be the height of deception of the local communist rebel group if it will deny the existence of their front organizations, a Palace official said Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (OPS / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has an armed group, the New People’s Army (NPA), as well as a political wing composed of the so-called legal front groups. He argued that these front organizations may not take up arms but still belong to the communist rebel group. Roque made the statement even after clarifying that authorities have been advised against red-tagging personalties without presenting proof. “Lilinawin ko, bagama’t ang sinabi ni Secretary Lorenzana na polisiya natin talaga ay kung walang ebidensiya dapat manahimik at huwag mag-red tagging eh hindi naman po ibig sabihin noon na wala talagang mga organisasyon na talagang kasapi at kabahagi ng CPP-NPA (I’d like to make clear that although (Defense) Secretary (Delfin) Lorenzana mentioned our policy to stay silent and avoid red-tagging personalities without proof, it does not mean that there are no organizations belonging to the CPP-NPA),” Roque said during a televised press briefing.  “Ang CPP-NPA po, talagang mayroon silang revolutionary armed struggle, iyan po iyong NPA at mayroon silang political, kasama sa political ay iyong mga tinawag nilang mga organisasyon na diumano’y legal dahil hindi naman sila humahawak ng baril pero kabahagi pa rin po ng CPP-NPA at hindi po madi-deny iyan. Kaplastikan po ng CPP-NPA kung sasabihin nilang wala silang mga legal fronts na tinatawag. (The CPP-NPA has a revolutionary armed struggle, that’s the NPA and they have a political arm composed of what they call legal organizations because they don’t take up arms but they are still part of the CPP-NPA and that cannot be denied. It will be deceitful for the CPP-NPA if they will say they don’t have so-called legal fronts),” he said. Amnesty International earlier appealed to the Philippine government to halt “its vicious and at times deadly practice of red-tagging” or labeling of groups or persons as communists or terrorists. The group urged the government to address criticisms about its policies instead of allegedly endangering people practicing free speech.“In the prevailing context where red-tagged individuals become the targets of harassment, threats and even killings, courts and pertinent government agencies must take concrete steps to ensure the safety and protection of these individuals,” the group said in its website. The appeal was made as the Senate started an inquiry into the controversial red-tagging activities of some military officials. Last week, the Palace said President Duterte wanted military and police officials to stop labeling personalities as communists without showing evidence. Duterte has spoken through Lorenzana who advised officials to be careful in red-tagging, according to Roque. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Petitioners urge SC to halt enforcement of terror law

“The issuance of the IRR has set the stage for the unimpeded implementation of the assailed law; the targeting of activists and critics of the government; the suppression of dissent; and the curtailment of civil and political rights, all in the altar of national security,” the motion read. The post Petitioners urge SC to halt enforcement of terror law appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsOct 26th, 2020

Rights groups slam MMDA spox for ‘drama serye’ remark on detained activist

Human rights groups slammed Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Spokesperson Celine Pialago following her “drama serye” remarks at detained activist Reina Mae Nasino who recently buried her three-month-old daughter River.  Kapatid, a support group for families and friends of political prisoners, said those who downgrade what happened to the political prisoner are only trying to “cover the government’s gross violation of human rights.”  “The story of Reina Mae Nasino and her 3-month-old child who died last week is not ‘drama-serye.’ It is a real story that exposed the countless injustices committed by the government,” it said in a statement released on Sunday.  “MMDA Chair Danny Lim, a former political prisoner himself, should have long shown the door to his spokesperson. It should be obvious by now that sensitivity cannot be taught nor proper manners and right conduct if one is empty-headed,” it added. Meanwhile, National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) President Edre Olalia was more restrained, saying they would “do the same thing if she was in Ina’s position and circumstance. “To start with, we will never ever wish this horrible tragedy and injustice to visit the Asec, her mother, her daughters, her sisters and her aunts,” he said in a Facebook post. Despite having nothing to do with traffic, Pialago felt the need to “use her voice as a Filipino” to share her two cents on Nasino’s case. “Hindi lahat ng inang nakakulong ay nakapunta sa libing ng kanyang anak. Kaya yung mga sumisimpatya kay Reina Mae Nasino, pag aralan niyo mabuti ang dahilan bakit siya nakulong at kilalanin niyong mabuti kung sino siya sa lipunan (Not all jailed mothers get to visit their children’s funeral. So all of those who sympathize with Reina Mae Nasino, study well why she was imprisoned and know who she is and what her role is in society),” she said in a Facebook post on Sunday morning. “Masyado ninyong ginagawang pang drama serye sa hapon ang paghihinagpis niya. Tigilan niyo (You are trying to make her grief like an afternoon drama serye. Stop it)!” she added. Nasino was five months pregnant with River when she was arrested in November 2019 for allegedly being found with firearms and explosives at the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Manila Office in Tondo, Manila. Her lawyers have insisted that the pieces of evidence were planted and that the charges filed against her are trumped-up. She gave birth to River on July 1 at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Medical Hospital on July 1. She and her baby were returned to the Manila City Jail 48 hours later. Before this, she filed a motion before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) to allow her to breastfeed her daughter for a year at the hospital or a prison nursery.  But Manila RTC Branch 20 Judge Marivic Balisi-Umali denied this, saying that the jail has “very limited resources” for the care of her child.  Nasino was also among 22 elderly and medically-compromised detainees who filed a motion for their compassionate release amid the pandemic on April 8 before the Supreme Court. But months later, the High Court ruled that the trial courts will be the ones to decide on their temporary release. On August 13, the activist-mother was ordered to turn her child over to her relatives.  River was admitted at the Philippine General Hospital for fever and diarrhea on September 24. She was placed in the intensive care unit on October 9 where she died a few hours later.  A few hours before her daughter died, Nasino filed a very urgent motion for furlough so she can be with her child in her dying moments. On October 13, Manila RTC Branch 47 Judge Paulino Gallegos granted her three full days from October 14 to 16 to be by her daughter’s side during the wake and burial.  But the next day, he cut Nasino’ furlough down to only six hours from 1 to 4 p.m. on October 14 and 16 after receiving opposition from the Manila City Jail. The Manila City Jail cited lack of personnel, health concerns, and a guideline stating that detainees can only be at their loved ones’ burial and wake for a maximum of three hours. For both the wake and the funeral, Nasino was clad in a full set of personal protective equipment, handcuffed, and flanked by numerous uniformed personnel.  Tensions rose during the wake after her escorts tried to pull her away twice before her time was up, eventually escorting her out with 20 minutes to spare before 4 p.m. On October 16, Marites Asis, Nasino’s mother, had to kneel and beg in front of the police to allow them to hold funeral at 11:30 a.m. The cops wanted to delay it until 1 p.m. Police also sped off with River’s hearse to the Manila North Cemetery, leaving her family behind and thwarting activists’ plan to conduct a caravan around the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals before burying her at the cemetery. Nasino’s counsels at NUPL earlier said that they will file charges against those involved in the activist’s treatment during her daughter’s wake and burial. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

SELDA: Anti-Terror Bill 'a dangerous ingredient to Duterte s recipe for dictatorship'

The Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Arresto (SELDA), a group of ex-political detainees mostly during the Martial Law regime, strongly denounces the railroading of the administration's so-called "Anti-Terror Bill"......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsSep 13th, 2020

Belarus opposition figure takes refuge in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AFP) — A senior member of Belarus’ opposition Coordination Council said Saturday she had taken refuge in Poland after Belarus security services threatened her during detention then transported her to the border. Olga Kovalkova was arrested in her homeland on 25 August for her activities in the Council presidium seeking political transition. Accompanied […] The post Belarus opposition figure takes refuge in Poland appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 6th, 2020


Rights defenders, journalists, Moro and Lumad defenders gather at Ateneo de Davao University to signify their opposition to the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 by filing their petition to the Supreme Court through electronic filing on Monday August 30, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Atty. Mary Ann Arnado).....»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Church leaders join mounting legal opposition vs. terror law

In their petition, church leaders assailed that the vagueness of the Republic Act No. 11479 or the Anti-Terror Act of 2020 will expose them to “credible threat of prosecution” for their ministries and advocacies. The post Church leaders join mounting legal opposition vs. terror law appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 24th, 2020

Opposition senators, journalists file 12th petition vs anti-terror law

A 12th petition against the controversial anti-terror law was filed before the Supreme Court on Thursday by a group that includes opposition senators and journalists. Detained Sen. Leila De Lima and Sen. Francis Pangilinan were joined by journalists Ma. Ceres Doyo, Jo-Ann Maglipon, John Neri and convicted Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Also included in the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2020

& lsquo;Franchise rejection targets Lopezes& rsquo;

Two opposition lawmakers on Tuesday expressed belief that the rejection of ABS-CBN Corp.’s network franchise renewal application was intended to take ownership from the Lopez family......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020

Challenge lawmakers to pass anti-political dynasty bill instead, Roque tells Pangilinan

Sen. Francis Pangilinan should challenge his fellow lawmakers to pass the anti-political dynasty bill, Malacañang said Tueaday, after the opposition senator dared President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the measure as urgent......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020