The House of Representatives’ Makabayan Bloc
MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives’ Makabayan Bloc has expressed grave concern over the decision of Congress to extend for another year the military rule in Mindanao.
With this, the opposition group wants to bring the matter to the Supreme Court (SC).
“We will question this in courts. We will question and we will resist this on streets,” Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao said.
“Like the mentored resource person, this is a psychological war against the public. This is not a matter of public safety. They want to impose a state of fear. To fear the public so they won’t fight. But this is a huge mistake,” Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate
This is also what the Senate’s minority bloc plans to do.
“Bring the issue to the Supreme Court, raise the factual basis for the extension of martial law because there is no actual uprising, nor armed conflict that will justify the extension, the imposition of martial law,” Senate minority leader Senator Franklin Drilon said.
However, some senators believe the public has nothing to worry about in the decision of Congress to approve the request of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Especially since, the Senators said, there have been no reported human rights violations in Mindanao during the existing military rule.
“In a way it’s a blessing in disguise because the consciousness, the awareness of the people that there is a martial law allows us to focus our attention on the security forces. It might even be a deterrent against possible abuses,” Sen. Panfilo Lacson said.
“Where have been the abuses? Where have been the confirmed abuses? We asked for a briefing from the CHR (Commission on Human Rights), there have been no confirmed abuses,” Senate President Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said.
According to Pimentel, the Congress will not allow the Executive Department to abuse the rights lawmakers and senators gave them.
“If there is no justification then you can expect, Congress or the Senate to oppose the imposition of martial law,” Pimentel said.
National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon also allayed fears over the alleged possibility of declaring military rule in the entire country.
“Because here in Visayas and Luzon, many of people here can commit insurgency. They can do small deployments,” Esperon said.
Esperon also emphasized that the decision of Congress i a huge help to them in achieving long lasting peace in the region of Mindanao. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
Malacañang-PSC frustrates PITC at UNTV Cup
Malacañang-PSC Kamao flexed muscle as they overcome the power of the uprising rookie team PITC Global Traders. (Daniel Iglesias / Photoville International)
The Malacañang-PSC Kamao team is tightly clinging onto the second spot after narrowly pounding the PITC Global Traders, 69-64 at Thursday’s match.
Michael Ignario and ‘Bigman’ Martin Lloyd Antonio shared the Best Player of the Game title after firing 15 and 16 points, respectively.
The Kamao team now holds six wins and one loss under its belt while the global traders fell to the sixth rank after absorbing defeat for the fourth time.
Meanwhile, the AFP Cavaliers are still the top team to beat as the end of the second round of eliminations of the UNTV Cup 7th edition draws closer.
The AFP maintained their lead after routing the DA Food Masters, 79-73, in a match held last Sunday.
Darwin Cordero was hailed as the Best Player of the Game after firing 24 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
The Cavaliers now hold seven wins and one loss record while the Food Masters were pushed down to the bottom of the standings after absorbing six losses and winning only three of their games.
UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders, on the other hand, spoiled the hopes of the NHA Builders to take home the crown this season after their explosive match last Sunday.
The NHA lost to the Senate in overtime, 98-97, with Marlon Legaspi and Harly Ng scoring the game-winning shots after firing 22 and 24 points, respectively.
Legaspi and Ng were hailed as the Best Players of the Game. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
Duterte warns election candidates: ‘Do not terrorize the voters.”
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
BULACAN, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte warns all election candidates not to terrorize or harass the voters in the upcoming 2019 midterm election.
‘Ke kasama kita sa gobyerno, o kasama kita sa partido o kalaban kita sa pulitika, do not terrorize, do not intimidate, do not create fear to the voters…kapag ginawa ninyo iyan ako mismo ang pupunta doon. At ako mismo ang mag-aresto sa iyo,” the President warned.
He also warned soliders and police not to favor any political candidate as expected from members of the government forces.
“Do not take sides, either for or against my party, huwag kayong makialam. Huwag kayong magkampanya at do not favor any candidate…that is the mandate of the Constitution and we will stick by it,” he said at an event in Bulacan on Monday (December 10).
Likewise, the President has ordered the military and the police to strictly implement the Alunan Doctrine which limits the number of armed guards for each election candidate.
‘Stick to the rule of two security in uniform. Two security lang dahil three would be, according to the Alunan Doctrine, three is already a private army. Kapag three, more than three, kunin mo yung baril, arestuhin mo. Dalhin mo sa station,” he stressed.
The Joint National Peace and Order Council has identified 15 areas that are considered election hotspots prior to the midterm polls – 9 municipalities in the Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); two in Region 5; and one each in Regions 2, 4a, 9 and 10.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesperson PCSupt. Benigno Durana Jr. said they are expecting the list to change as the day of the election is getting closer.
“The level of security threat may change overtime until the day of election mismo,” Durana concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nestro Torres / Lea Ylagan)
Senate likely to consider second extension of Martial Law
PASAY CITY, Philippines – Security officials met with members of the Senate on Monday (December 10) to defend their recommendation of extending the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao for another year.
Present in the executive session were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he is likely to consider the recommendation due to threats of rebellion.
“In my opinion, there is a continuing rebellion. There is an actual rebellion on going,” said Sotto.
Meanwhile, Senator Ralph Rector is in favor of the extension, however, not for one year but for six months only.
“What is appealing is that they’re saying that they would be able to wipe out the Abu Sayyaf if we give them a year of extension and to reduce the capability of CPP-NPA. That’s an appealing proposition to extend martial law. But then, why not 6 months?” Recto said.
According to Sotto, the Congress is likely to convene in a joint session on Wednesday to discuss the proposed one year extension of Martial Law.
It was in May 23, 2017 when the entire Mindanao region was placed under Martial Law following attacks from Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.
It was extended to a year until December 31, 2017 and another extension until the last day of this year. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)