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Makabayan congressmen: “We are not terrorists!”

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — “We are not terrorists,” said ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio.

This was the cry of Makabayan congressmen now that they are being tagged as terrorists under the Palace’s Proclamation No. 374.

It has been obvious that members of the Makabayan bloc in Congress are leading the series of protests against the government.

But the group said they are not insinuating terrorism in doing so.

“Hindi terorismo na ipaglaban ang human rights, ang right to due process ng bawat mga Pilipino lalo na ng maralita. Hindi terorismo ang ipaglaban ang karapatan sa lupa ng mga magsasaka,” said Tinio.

(It’s not terrorism but human rights that we are fighting for; the right to due process of all Filipinos especially the poor. It’s not terrorism to fight for the right of farmers to property.)

The group fears that the proclamation is being used to silence all progressive groups and activists.

“Ang mangyayari dito maraming mga trumped-up charges, pero ang layunin ay para mapatahimik, masupil at mapakulong pa mga ang mga aktibista at mga organisasyong makakaliwa,” said Tinio

(There will be more trumped-up charges to hush, suppress and put in jail all activists and leftist organizations.)

But according to the Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, it is clear that Proclamation No.374 declares the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army as an identified terrorist organization under Republic Act 10168, contrary to the claim of the Makabayan bloc. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Sara Duterte calls for expulsion of Makabayan bloc from Lower House

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Incumbent Mayor of Davao City Sara Duterte-Carpio | PVI/ Cerilo Ebrano

 

In her social media post, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that the Makabayan bloc should be expelled from the House of Representatives.

The mayor slammed the party-list system for serving as a “milking cow” of terrorists.

The furious post was a reaction to the earlier pronouncement of ACT Teachers Davao Region Chapter that Davao City is the only major city in the country that does not give local allowances to teachers.

Image grabbed from Facebook page of 783 Radyo ni Juan

“Davao nalang ang hindi pa rin nagbibigay hanggang ngayon. Hindi bago ito, matagal na ito; dekada na yan na nangyayari,” said ACT-Teachers party list representative, Antonio Tinio.

This was refuted by Mayor Duterte-Carpio who said in her post that in December 2016 and 2017, Davao City gave P2,000 worth of gift checks to teaching and non-teaching employees of the Department of Education.

She also called members of ACT-Teachers Davao as “liars” and “terrorists”.

Tinio accused the Davao mayor of harassment.

“Pananakot ito, harassment at naglalagay sa panganib sa mga guro natin. Alam naman natin may mga kaso na kapag tinatawag na terotista nagiging biktima ng pagdakip at extrajudicial killings,” he said.

The Act-Teachers Party list admits that granting of local allowances to teachers is not mandated by law, but they insist that if other local governments were able to do extend assistance to the teachers, Davao could do so much more.

As for the presidential daughter’s call for their expulsion, Tinio said, “Pareho sila ng AFP, lalo na sa pagpapalaganap nila ng fake news na Red October; dyan patungo yan.” — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Makabayan solons deny ‘Red October’ destab plot

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2018

 

Anti-Duterte protest

 

MANILA, Philippines —House Makabayan lawmakers admit they will be mounting a massive rally next month, but denied that it has to do with alleged plots to overthrow the Duterte administration.

The group maintained that the planned demonstration is aimed at raising their sentiments to the government.

“Hindi ito destabilization plot. Ito ay lihitimong pagkilos ng mga maggagawang bukid sa mga aksyon nakaaapekto sa kanila,” said Anakpawis party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao.

ACT Teachers paty-list Rep. France Castro added that,”Sa bahagi ng mga kaguruan sa September 5- October 5, yan ang Teacher’s Month, maraming serye [ng pagkilos] na hinanda ang kaguruan.”

“What is on the red now, very clearly in the past days, our economy is on the red,” said Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate.

The statement comes after the military claimed that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and their co-conspirators have lined up several events that would culminate in President Rodrigo Duterte’s ouster, based on recovered documents.

The Makabayan group, however, denies any involvement in the matter and that they are not communicating with the communist party and other political groups.

“There was never an ‘us’ between LP, Magdalo and the Left. What we have in common is our protest against tyranny, economic crisis, and our alternatives,” said Casilao.

In view of the alleged ‘Red October’ plot, the Makabayan solons deferred the deliberation on the proposed budget of the National Security Council and Military Intelligence Cops Association in the belief that these agencies are just using their fund to gather wrong intelligence data.

House Speaker Gloria Arroyo, meanwhile, defended President Duterte’s pronouncements against groups plotting his ouster.

Arroyo, speaking from experience as a former president, said a chief executive has access to intelligence reports that are not available to all.

“If the president believes that there is a threat he is working from good information so we should believe whatever,” said Arroyo. — Grace Casin

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Duterte’s E.O. on importation, a threat to local farmers — Makabayan bloc solons

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018

 

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Members of Makabayan bloc

MANILA, Philippines — Members of the House Makabayan bloc have expressed their concerns about the possible impact of the executive order, that seeks to simplify the process of food importation, on local farmers.

Malacañang reported Wednesday, September 12, that the government’s economic managers are planning to submit a draft executive order to President Rodrigo Duterte to tame the country’s surging inflation.

The economic managers are proposing to streamline the importation process by removing or reducing the tariffs being imposed on imported essential food items including sugar, meat, rice, and vegetables.

But according to Gabriela party-list Representative Arlene Brosas, this move might threaten the livelihood of local farmers and traders.

“Kapag bumaha ng mga produkto na ito sa ating merkado, ang mabibili ay produkto ng iba.  Kaya po ito ay pagtatanggal sa kakayanan ng mga producers natin dito sa bansa na makinabang doon sa matagal nang dapat na pakinabangan” said Ilagan.

ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro also argued that the measure might result in possible price increases given the high peso-dollar exchange rate.

“Nakita natin ang sitwasyon ngayon, P54 a dollar. So kung ito na ang magiging direksyon ng gobyerno dahil nakatali na sa importasyon ang dolyar,  mas mahal na maipapasasa sa mga consumers,” said Castro.

Instead of simplifying the food importation process, the Makabayan lawmakers are suggesting that the President should declare a price control in accordance with the Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act.

“Malinaw naman po doon na kapag mayroong unreasonable spike sa price ng basic commodities and services, maari pong yung batayan para magisyu ang pangulo ng price ceiling o price control na hindi na po nangangailangang magkaroon ng declaration ng state of emergency,” said Anak-Pawis Representative Ariel Casilao.

President Duterte has earlier assured that his economic managers are now working to curb the inflation.

As reported by Malacañang, these proposals include streamlining the process of rice importation of the National Food Authority and the immediate release of essential food products in ports. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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