Several lawmakers consider elevating the issue of martial law extension to the Supreme Court
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017
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
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
File photo: New People’s Army
MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has uncovered several plots by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, after examining data of computers seized from the rebels.
The military said the CPP was planning to sabotage the commemoration of the declaration of martial law last September 21 with a plot similar to the Plaza Miranda Bombing in 1972.
AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade said, the CCP’s plan was to recruit not only ordinary people but also prominent members of the opposition to participate in their staged protests.
In the middle of the program, a bomb was set to go off and at least injure a member of the opposition so that they can blame the incident on the administration.
“Kaya lang di sila nakabuo ng malaking grupo kaya dinisregard nila yung plano na yun,” said Parlade.
After failing to pull it off the communist rebels are back to the “Red October” ouster plot which they started executing way back in September 2017.
If the “Red October” plan fails, the Left has another plot set for November known as the “Lakbay Lumad Europe” and in December at the celebration of the Communist Party’s 50th Anniversary.
Parlade also denied allegations that the revelation of such conspiracies against the Chief Executive is merely psychological warfare.
“We don’t have to concoct anything kasi it’s there in the website. Magbasa lang at mag research lang yung mga tao natin makikita nila, yan ay plano ni Communist Party [founding chairman] na si Joma Sison; yan ang di alam ng coalition,” Parlade said. — Lea Ylagan / UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO | Robinson Niñal Jr.
MANILA, Philippines — Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III stated on Monday that it is not possible to oust President Rodrigo Duterte given the strong support of the public.
“How can you oust a president who is very popular and has about 80 percent support of the people?” said Bello.
The statement came after the Secretary was asked about the conspiracy plot to oust the President in October.
Bello vehemently underscored that the so-called ‘Red October’ is just hearsay, and he does not think it will push through.
The government chief negotiator also stressed that localized peace talks with communist rebels will push through and that the government negotiating panel is currently reviewing certain provisions.
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