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Enrile: ‘Only one executed’, ‘none arrested’ under Marcos’ martial law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 21 September 2018 06:43 PM

 

Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile in his “JPE: A Witness to History” interview with Bongbong Marcos | Screengrab via Facebook page of Bongbong Marcos

 

On the eve of the 46th anniversary of martial law declaration, former Senator Bongbong Marcos uploaded on his Facebook account his one-on-one interview with former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

The interview was about the martial law declaration of his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Enrile recalled the times under martial law, denying reports that thousands were killed and arrested back then.

Enrile claims only one was executed under the martial law and that was Chinese drug lord Lim Seng.

“Name me one person that was arrested because of political or religious belief during that period. None. Name me one person that was arrested simply because he criticized President Marcos. None. Very few were arrested and they were arrested. Jovy Salonga for instance, he was involved in the light a fire movement and many others. Very few were arrested and they were released. They were inconvenienced for a while but they were released,” Enrile said.

He also said that Marcos was pushed to declare martial law because of an alleged conspiracy between the Liberal Party and the Communist Party of the Philippines.

The attempted ambush attack against Enrile in 1972 was one of the bases why martial law was declared by Marcos nationwide on September 22, 1972. He appointed Enrile as martial law administrator.

But former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. criticized Enrile’s recollection of events, saying Manong Johnny must have forgotten about him.

Pimentel said he was imprisoned four times during martial law because of his political beliefs.

“Maybe, Enrile has forgotten me. That’s part of aging,” said Pimentel.

Pimentel also pointed out that everyone has the right to express their opinion, but reiterates that the public should not be influenced by the opinions of those who have a hidden agenda.

The former lawmaker also believes that the end does not justify the means and the edifices, as well as the infrastructures built during the Marcos government, cannot compensate for every life lost.

“The end never justifies the means. Otherwise, parati na lang mangyayari that people will be deprived of their rights and freedom, liberty, under the pretext that this is for your good, for the good of the rest of the people. We should resist that kind of an attempt, said Pimentel. — Rosalie Coz

 

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Supreme Court upholds third martial law extension in Mindanao anew

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 05:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has once again upheld the third extension of martial law in Mindanao, with 9-4 votes.

Those who voted in favor of the extension until December 31 were Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, and Justices Diosdado Peralta, Mariano Del Castillo, Estella Perlas Bernabe, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo, Jose Reyes Jr., Ramon Paul Hernando, and Rosmari Carandang.

Those who dissented were Justices Antonio Carpio, Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

SC Spokesperson, Atty. Brian Keith F. Hosaka, said, “the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the constitutionality of the extension of the declaration of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of Habeas Corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2019.”

Along with the Supreme Court decision was the dismissal of four petitions against the said extension of martial Law in Mindanao.

One of the petitioners, former Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Neri Colmenares, said the SC decision opens the path for the move to place the entire country under martial law even without any threat on public security.

He reiterated that for a country to be placed under martial law, there must be invasion or rebellion.

President Rodrigo Duterte first placed the whole of Mindanao under martial law in May 2017 following the attack of the Maute-ISIS group in Marawi City.

It was extended for another year even before the 60-day period provided for by the Constitution elapsed. — Maris Federez (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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Jolo blasts ‘more reason’ for martial law – Palace

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 28 January 2019 04:01 PM

Jolo, Sulu blast site | Photo courtesy of Ahmad Sajan

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte was enraged by the recent twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu on the morning of Sunday (January 27).

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President was also disappointed that the despite the government’s efforts to attain lasting peace in Mindanao, the enemies of the state are acting otherwise.

“He is so disappointed that despite the movement to thread the path towards peace and development, there are still certain forces in that region who sow terror and kill and murder people,” Panelo said.

What happened in Jolo, Panelo said, is more than enough reason to retain the declaration of martial law in the Mindanao region.

However, Panelo said it was an isolated case and more of such incidents might happened if martial law was not in place.

“With (it) more reason that martial law should be in place. Because if you can do that under the martial law regime, then the more reason you should maintain it and be more strict in the implementation of the measures in that area,” the Presidential Spokesperson explained hitting those critical of martial law extension in Mindanao.

Malacañang admitted, however, that there might have been security lapses on the day of the bombing that’s why the perpetrators were able to plant the explosives in strategic areas inside and outside the church building.

“There may be some lapses in security, how they were able to put there is that a motorcycle with a bomb despite the fact that there were soldiers securing the place,” Panelo said.

The Chief Executive ordered the military to enforce stringent measures not only to Jolo but in all areas across the country to prevent such horrific incident to reoccur.

Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has joined the investigation as directed by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and file appropriate charges to those responsible for the crime. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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REPASO 2018: Dengvaxia scare, communist terrorism and the Martial Law

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 1 January 2019 01:31 AM

 

The trauma of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine has caused the government the public’s trust to its other vaccination programs.

Measles cases in the country soared by more than 300% last year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

This was because of the public’s fear of having the same fate as the alleged Dengvaxia vaccinees whose death remain uncertain to this day, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

“There is a significant drop in the confidence of our people in the immunization program of the DOH from 92% to measly 33%. Ang laki ng bagsak talaga,” Duque said.

It was a “lesson learned the hard way”, the DOH said, referring to the impact of the Dengvaxia controversy.

That’s why the agency wants to change how the public views of the agency.

 

A hearing on the controversial dengue vaccine

“Kung mag-i-introduce ka ng new health program, mag-i-introduce ka ng bagong bakuna,  bagong intervenyion kailangan talaga pag- aralan mo. Kailangan kompleto talaga ang iyong ebidensya. Kailangan alam mo ang magiging resulta. You have to communicate it properly doon sa mga recipients, kailangan naitindinhan din ng recipients kung ano iyong tinatanggap nila,” explained Health Spokesperson Undersecretary Eric Domingo.

But aside from the health concerns, the government also faced challenges in security this year.

President Rodrigo Duterte once again requested Congress to extend the declaration of Martial Law in the province of Mindanao for another year or until December 31, 2019.

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FILE PHOTO: Marawi City ruins (UNTV News)

According to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the extension is needed as terrorist groups like Abu Sayyaf, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF), Daulah Islamiya and other terrorist groups sowing fear in the region.

“We cannot turn a blind eye to the reality that Mindanao is still in the midst of rebellion,” Medialdea said.

Several lawmakers opposed the proposal but later on, martial law was extended for the third time in Mindanao since it was declared on May 2017 when the Maute terror group conquered Marawi City.

The communist New People’s Army (NPA) also remains a challenge to the Philippine government.

 

FILE PHOTO: New People’s Army in formation

The military revealed an alleged ‘Red October’ plot, an oust-Duterte movement allegedly formed by the communist rebels backed by opposition groups.The two groups denied the allegations but according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), they have recovered documents in some encounters with NPA proving that they were plotting a destabilization against the government.

Meanwhile, the government did not declare a ceasefire this year even after the communist group announced their declaration of a unilateral ceasefire.

According to the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) they did not recommend to reciprocate the communists’ ceasefire declaration because leftists were not sincere of their intention and they would just use the ceasefire to strengthen their arms.

Meanwhile, a resolution was submitted to Congress calling the President to revive the peace negotiations with the Reds.

But the President remained cold towards the proposed resumption of peace talks.

Instead, he said he preferred to create a hit squad to match the NPA’s sparrow unit.

“So mag-create ako ng sparrow (unit), Duterte death squad against the sparrow,” the President said.

In December, the President issued Executive Order 70 which created a National Task Force tasked to eliminate the rebel group.

This, despite the continuous surrender of NPA members in different parts of the country through the efforts of military on localized peace talks. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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