Terror bill under review; Duterte says Reds top threat

Even as President Duterte has yet to sign the new anti-terrorism bill pending the advise of his legal team which will check on possible constitutional infirmities of the measure, the Chief Executive identified communist rebels as the “number one threat” to the country today, amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 24th, 2020

Anti-terror bill up for final review – Palace

The controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill is up for final review by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and will soon reach the desk of President Duterte, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

Duterte to personally review Anti-Terror Bill

Duterte to personally review Anti-Terror Bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2020

DOJ set to submit comments on anti-terror bill

The Department of Justice is set to submit to President Duterte its comments on the controversial Anti-Terror Bill on Wednesday after the agency was tapped to review the measure......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2020

Palace receives anti-terror bill, says Duterte to review measure

Malacañang on Tuesday received a copy of the anti-terrorism bill which is now up for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a text message......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 10th, 2020

2021 budget 60-70% finished

Once both Houses ratified the spending bill in their respective chambers, the 2021 GAB will be transmitted to Malacañang for President Rodrigo Duterte’s review and approval The post 2021 budget 60-70% finished appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 6th, 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

Moderating oligarchs’ greed

Last July 13, President Rodrigo Duterte spoke before soldiers in Jolo, Sulu and triumphantly declared he “dismantled the oligarchy that controlled the country’s economy without the need to declare martial law.” This came a few days after a committee in the House of Representatives rejected ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal bill. During his penultimate State of the Nation Address on July 27, Duterte took another swipe at the oligarchs whose great wealth has enabled them “to influence public policy to their advantage.” He cited as an example the Lopezes “who used their media outlets in their battles with political figures” including himself during the 2016 elections. People seem to forget that Duterte’s avowed mission to put oligarchs in their proper place was part of his 2016 campaign promise to stamp out corruption. At that time, he said the corruption in the Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Internal Revenue was “small change in comparison to the high-level corruption that runs in the billions among the economic elite.” Oligarchy means the rule of the few, but its meaning has evolved to refer to powerful individuals or groups outside of government who are able to benefit from political connections to amass vast amounts of wealth and gain control of major industries. The term “oligarch” started popping up recently in mainstream and social media but its context in relation to what is happening in our society has become warped and obfuscated. To be fair, the President has given credit where credit is due, even to the so-called oligarchs when they helped the government in this COVID-19 crisis, but he said it is their abuses that he abhors. On several occasions, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano pointed out how oligarchs use their wealth to gain power, while the political elite used their power to amass wealth. He expressed full support to Duterte’s advocacy in changing the current system where he believes the people “willingly consent to being held back by the few who control the economy and through that, the running of the nation.” According to Cayetano, the real threat to the stability of our socio-political and economic systems are those backroom deals that make exploitation legal – “the quiet acquiescing to a system that naturally favors the ultra-rich and very powerful.” He believes that not all oligarchs are bad, saying in a media interview: “Just like every entrepreneur wanting to expand their business, these would-be oligarchs might very well have started off with the most benign or even benevolent intentions. But the malignant DNA of unabated, uncontrolled capitalism, especially corporate capitalism, eventually comes to play, leading to people and systems being abused and exploited.” Cayetano clarified, though, that capitalism and democracy work as we have seen in other economies. He thinks the situation in the Philippines is not hopeless, and we can begin to change this corrupt system by acknowledging there is a problem and we are part of it. “This is a battle between those who are willing to fight their self-interest and change with the system, versus those who deny that there is anything wrong with the status quo, specifically as it relates to themselves, and instead simply choose to blame the politicians and officials in government,” he said. This brings to mind the statement attributed to a Cabinet member of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who advised another top official to “moderate your greed.” Another cautionary tale is found in the recently re-launched book of Ricardo Manapat, who served as National Archives Director during the Arroyo and Ramos administrations. Manapat’s book is titled “Some Are Smarter Than Others: The History of Marcos’ Crony Capitalism” which is a classic work on anti-cronyism exposing the ill-gotten wealth of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Oligarchs may not be totally wiped out in the Philippines, since developed economies even have to contend with their presence. But Duterte’s relentless campaign against them could very well result in moderating their greed and freeing the country from their tight grip.»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Doctors sorry if Duterte took their suggestions as call for a revolt

"If you closely review the virtual conference on August 1, there was never a call for a revolt nor was there any threat of leaving patients on their own since our oath instructs us to 'first do no harm' to anyone who needs our help," Panaligan said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

John Lloyd nag-ala-Charlie Chaplin: Ayokong maging diktador…o manakop ng kahit sino

  “IKINALULUNGKOT ko, pero ayoko maging diktador. Hindi iyan ang gusto ko.” Ito ang mga katagang binitiwan ni John Lloyd Cruz sa isang video na inilabas sa social media matapos pirmahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang pagsasabatas ng Anti-Terror Bill. Nagmula ito sa 1941 American movie na “The Great Dictator” under British actor-filmmaker Charlie Chaplin […] The post John Lloyd nag-ala-Charlie Chaplin: Ayokong maging diktador…o manakop ng kahit sino appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2020

Losing confidence in the UN…WHO, UNCHR

Last week, just six days before it would have lapsed into a law, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terror Bill and only the anti-Duterte trolls attacked him in the social media….....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2020

Pres. Duterte signs Anti-Terror Bill into law

CALOOCAN CITY, July 4 (PIA) -- Strengthening the Philippines' fight against terror groups, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday signed into law the Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020, his spokesperson.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

11 arrested in Cabuyao 24 hours after anti-terror bill signed into law

“Exactly 24 hours since Rodrigo Duterte affixed his signature on the draconian Terror Law, the first arrests were made on activists who held a peaceful protest against the dangerous law.” The post 11 arrested in Cabuyao 24 hours after anti-terror bill signed into law appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

Group tells Duterte to repeal ATB, prioritize COVID-19 response

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — The Health Alliance for Democracy  (HEAD) – Cebu Chapter has expressed condemnation on the signing of the Anti-Terror Bill into law while it also stands in unity with other groups and individuals who are calling on the government to repeal the bill which President Duterte signed into law on Friday. In a […] The post Group tells Duterte to repeal ATB, prioritize COVID-19 response appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

Duterte signs anti-terror measure into law

Amid renewed calls by human rights groups and various organizations for a presidential veto of the Anti-Terror Bill, President Duterte signed yesterday the controversial measure, six days before it would have automatically lapsed into law......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2020

BREAKING: Duterte signs anti-terror bill into law

MANILA, Philippines — Despite massive opposition, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the controversial anti-terror bill into law. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque confirmed this in a text message to on Friday. The anti-terror bill seeks to strengthen the Human Security Act of 2007 and criminalizes incitement of terrorism “by means of speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, banners or […] The post BREAKING: Duterte signs anti-terror bill into law appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2020

Abellanosa on signing of ATB into law: It could have been imporoved

CEBU CITY, Philippines– Cebu City 2nd District Representative Rodrigo ‘Bebot’ Abellanosa said he believed that the anti-terror bill could have been improved if only there was more than two days given to the House of Representatives to deliberate about the law. Today, July 3, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the bill into law despite the […] The post Abellanosa on signing of ATB into law: It could have been imporoved appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2020

Anti-terrorism bill now on final review, a week before automatic enactment

The legal team of the Palace already has a recommendation for President Rodrigo Duterte's course of action on the anti-terrorism bill......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

Anti-terror bill untouched on Duterte s desk as automatic enactment nears

The fate of controversial anti-terror bill remains unknown as President Duterte comes under increasing pressure from the public to junk the measure for fears of abuse......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

UNHRC chief to Du30: Don t sign terror bill

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to refrain from signing the anti-terror bill, citing what she called its potential "chilling effect" on humanitarian and human rights work......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

CLB: Anti-Terror Bill creates ‘climate of fear, paranoia’

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Another progressive group has joined the call against the passage of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Bill, which now awaits President Duterte’s signature, calling the proposed law “patently unconstitutional and repressive of the participation rights of children.” While the ATB, which was passed in the Senate and the Lower House, is aimed at […] The post CLB: Anti-Terror Bill creates ‘climate of fear, paranoia’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020