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Basis for Martial Law declaration, against the law – Constitutionalist

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:55 AM


MANILA — A constitutionalist has questioned the basis of President Rodrigo Duterte for declaring martial law in the entire region of Mindanao.

One of the framers of the 1987 Constitution, Atty. Christian Monsod, argues that the turmoil in Marawi can be considered as lawless violence only, and not rebellion or invasion which should be the basis of martial law as stated in the Constitution.

“It seems to me that the situation there can be addressed by the 1st part of section 18 on the Constitution calling for the armed forces to address lawless violence. [I] don’t think it needs a declaration of martial law,” Monsod said.

Even a group of human rights lawyers explained there had been only one encounter in Marawi City that authorities were not able to immediately control.

“We think the declaration is not valid because there is no factual basis. There are only two basis – rebellion and invasion. There is definitely no invasion. We think there is no rebellion as well. Because first, when you say rebellion, there has to be an armed uprising with the purpose of removing your allegiance with the government,” Atty. Ephraim Cortez, secretary general, National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers said.

Meanwhile, Senator Franklin Drilon has asked for a separate briefing because of some seemingly conflicting statements from the administration and the armed forces.

The senator said, “I think that would be useful so that we could fully understand the premises or the basis, because we get conflicting reports like, I heard the AFP Spokesman that everything is under control. If it’s under control, why was martial law declared? We don’t want to come to any conclusion until, at the very least; We get a report as required by the constitution.”

And even Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte herself believes the situation in Marawi City is not that severe.

“What’s happening in Marawi City is only lawless violence,” Mayor Sarah Duterte said.

Monsod, meanwhile, sees a bigger motive behind the declaration of the President.

He said, “It is scary because he is testing weather the people are accepting or willing to accept martial law even if there are really no sufficient grounds of declaring it and it would be a good sign for him to carry out a broader agenda than just federalism.”

Monsod said the power is now in the courts to study the martial law declaration of the President, while it’s up to Congress to decide on whether or not to approve the imposition of military rule.

“There must be a check and balance in our Constitution because it is really open to abuse with extra ordinary powers that the President has,” Monsod added.

President Rodrigo Duterte is the fifth president that declared martial law. The first was Emilio Aguinaldo in May 1898. Second was Jose P. Laurel in September 1944. Third to declare was Ferdinand Marcos in 1972 which lasted for nine years.

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also declared a one month martial law in the town of Maguindanao in 2009 after the Maguindanao massacre. – Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue


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Senatorial slate of ‘Hugpong ng Pagbabago’ kicks off campaign trail in Pampanga

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 04:40 PM

PAMPANGA, Philippines – Thousands of Kabalens flocked to the city of San Fernando on Tuesday (February 12) to show their support to the senatorial candidates of the ‘Hugpong ng Pagbabago’ Coalition, a regional political party founded by presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio.

The Coalition endorses 13 names for the senatorial race though only 12 spots are open in the Senate.

“Mayroong mga senatorial candidates na lumapit at nagpatulong para.maghanap ng mga kaibigan sa ibat ibang lugar ng Pilipinas so naisip namin na tulungan sila dahil nakikita namin na tutulong din sila sa administrasyon ni President Duterte,” Mayor Sarah said.

The lady mayor said that even though they feel the pressure, considering the strength of the rival candidates, she is confident of the track records and contributions of their senatorial candidates to national progress.

“Well hopefully naniniwala naman sila lahat sa gustong mangyari nating lahat na positive change and nakikita nila yun sa sinusubukan na gawin ni President Duterte,” Mayor Sarah said.

“Hopefully yung mga tao sa probinsya ng Pampanga at sa buong Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao suportahan nila ang mga senators na kaibigan, kakampi, partner ni President Duterte sa Senado,” she promoted.

The Coalition’s senatorial aspirants who were present in the first day of campaign were Senators Cynthia Villar and Sonny Angara; Taguig Representative Pia Cayetano; Retired General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa; Sen JV Ejercito; Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go; Former Senators Bong Revilla Jr, and Jinggoy Estrada; Congressman Dong Mangudadatu; Atty. Francis Tolentino; and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.

“Tayo naman po ay nagpapasalamat sa Hugpong kasi sila po ang namili kung sino ang i-endorse nila at tayo ay nagpapasalamat sa kanila kasi ini-endorse tayo,” expressed Senator Cynthia Villar.

The campaign kick-off rally was launched in Pampanga where President Duterte won a landslide vote in the 2016 presidential elections. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Leslie Huidem)

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Duterte wants to meet with PM Shinzo Abe anew

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 05:19 PM

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed willingness to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The statement was made following Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kano’s state visit to the Philippines from February 9 to 11 wherein he stated Japan’s plan of opening its labor market to qualified Filipinos.

Meanwhile, there are no reports yet as to when the president plans to visit Japan again.

“We will be waiting for the response of the Japanese prime minister,” Panelo said. — Rosalie Coz

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NPA surrenderees to be given own lands

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 8 February 2019 02:25 PM

FILE PHOTO: Rebel returnees

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants former members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who have returned to the government fold to be included in the next land distribution program of the government.

“The president directed the inclusion of New People’s Army surrenderees in the next round of land distribution,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

He gave the directive during a cabinet meeting at Malacañan Palace on Wednesday night (February 6).

Among the topics discussed were various programs that will give farmers wider access to loan facilities.

The president added that during his term, he will ensure the distribution of all government-owned land to land reform beneficiaries. — UNTV News & Rescue

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