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Full rehabilitation efforts soon to begin after approval of one-year martial law extension

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City will be fast-tracked, now that the extension of the implementation of martial law has been approved on Wednesday.

Martial law administrator and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said their original recommendation for the extension was six months.

That is why they are delighted now that the one-year extension has been approved for them to put an end to terrorism in Mindanao.

Even AFP Spokesperson Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo vows to perform their mandate to end the rebellion prevailing in the southern part of the country.

The PNP, meanwhile, is ready to support the military in implementing the martial rule in the region, which is extended until the 31st of December 2018.

“We will support the military since it’s martial law, the role of PNP is to support the military in the implementation of martial law,” PNP Chief General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said. — UNTV News

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Malacañang on Enrile’s claim: Court records show human rights violations during martial law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018

(L-R) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (via PCOO); Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (via Bongbong Marcos FB page)

 

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang disagrees with the claims of former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile that only one was executed and nobody was arrested under the martial law declared by the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

In an interview that was published by former Senator Bongbong Marcos, Enrile said that no one was killed and arrested due to their political and religious beliefs during the martial law era.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the laws created to compensate the victims of abuses clearly prove there were human rights abuses during the martial rule.

Roque also believes that Enrile’s claims cannot distort history.

“As far as the Palace is concerned, there are decisions affirming that there were grave human rights violations committed during the Marcos regime. There was even a law in Congress which provides for the compensation for victims of martial law,” said Roque.

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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2018

 

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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Authorities intensify security in Marawi City for Barangay and SK polls – Comelec

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

File Photo: AFP checkpoint

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have intensified the security in Marawi City especially after the bombing incident in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat

According to Comelec, they will finalize the security plan on September 12 in preparation for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections in Marawi City on September 22, 2018.

They will assign additional security personnel in each clustered precinct in preparation for possible security threats.

“Just in the case may mga security issues or concern tayo on election day that will tantamount for teachers not to report on election day.  Mayroon na tayong contingency plan. We train already PNP personnel allowed sa ESRA law para mai-deploy natin on election day. Kung ang iyong other security measures, perimeter security, intensify multiple checkpoints and other security operations, mafa- finalize by 12,” said Dir. Teopisto Elnas Jr. of the Comelec  Election and Barangay Affairs Department.

 There are 24 barangays in Marawi City inside ground zero which Comelec relocated for the conduct of elections

According to Dir. James Jimenez, they are confident that there will be no failure of elections in Marawi City even if there is a high-security risk in the said city

“Mayroon tayong 193 total ng candidates for SK members, 162 for SK Chairman, 862 for barangay kagawad and 234 for punong barangay,” he said.

Meanwhile, the National Printing Office already finished printing the more than 76,000 official ballots which will be used in Marawi City

After printing, the verification committee will check the serial code printed in the official ballots

The shipment of these ballots will be made next week. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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