Various groups gear up for tomorrow’s massive demonstration

admin   •   September 20, 2017   •   4672

MANILA, Philippines — Different groups are busy with preparations for the “National Day of Protest” tomorrow.

The movement coincides with the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by former President Ferdinand Marcos.

In Sitio Sandugo in Quezon City, participants are finishing effigies and other materials they will use for tomorrow.

Victor, the artist of the group Ugat-Lahi, assigned to handle one of the protest highlights, created a unique effigy.

One of the highlights of the protest tomorrow is the burning of effigies. For this particular demonstration, militant groups created a huge Rubik’s cube, and on each side of the cube are the faces of various personalities. Like this one, it has the face of Hitler and on this side is the face of President Rodrigo Duterte. Militant groups said all the faces represent the characteristics of a dictator.

“Basically, it’s concept is Rubik’s cube. But we named it Rudy’s cube after Rodrigo Duterte,” said artist Victor Flores.

Also participating in the massive demonstration are Bangsamoro groups.

They are complaining against the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the alleged state-sponsored killings, and the military’s conduct of airstrikes in Marawi City.

“We will make President Duterte pay for his violations of human rights, and pillage of our inherited land and territory,”  said Sandugo Co-Chairperson Datu Jerome Succor Aba.

A number of students will also join in tomorrow’s protest.

They want to express their opposition over the spread of fake news and what they claim as improper treatment of the government to the rights of the youth.

The militant group Bayan, meanwhile, is strictly monitoring reports that someone will cause turmoil in the National Day of Protest so the president can use it as a basis for declaring martial law in the entire country.

“Don’t play dirty tactics, and destroy a legitimate and peaceful protest of the public,” said Movement Against Tyranny Convenor Cristina Palabay.

Meanwhile, over a hundred policemen will be deployed to monitor various protests sites and to prevent violence from erupting between anti and pro-Duterte groups.

Cops are not allowed to bring firearms and are ordered to observe maximum tolerance during the entire day of protest.

“Our CDM will have no firearm. They have helmets, and body shield because as per experience during this kind of protest, our militant brothers and sisters turn violent, and we don’t why,” said NCRP chief, PDir. Oscar Albayalde.

The PNP said everyone is allowed to hold a protest tomorrow even without a permit in accordance with the instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

Malakanyang, nanawagang tigilan ang pagpapakalat ng fake news ukol sa martial law

Robie de Guzman   •   January 7, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Nanawagan ang Malakanyang na tigilan na ang pagpapakalat ng fake news sa gitna ng pandemya.

Kasunod ito ng pagkalat sa social media ng isang audio recording hinggil sa umano’y planong pagdedeklara ng martial law o kaya ay total lockdown ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte upang masugpo ang muli na namang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Ayon kay acting Presidential Spokesperson at Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, nagdudulot lamang ito ng balisa at pangamba sa mga tao na hindi aniya nakakatulong sa gitna ng sitwasyon.

“Sa mga walang magawa na gumagawa at nagpapakalat nito, tigilan nyo na po ito please hindi ito biro, we are dealing with the real threat that understandably concerns our people,” ani Nograles.

Sa audio recording na unang kumalat sa social media noong Lunes, sinasabing wala na raw papayagang lumabas kapag nagdeklara ng total lockdown kaya dapat ay mag-stock ng pagkaing sasapat sa loob ng isang buwan.

Ayon sa Palasyo, fake news ito at pinayuhan ang publiko na kumuha ng tamang impormasyon mula sa mga mapagkakatiwalaang sources gaya ang opisyal na anunsyo mula sa pamahalaan.

“Fake news po ito. Huwag po tayong magpapaniwala sa ganitong uri ng balita, please get your news and information from credible sources only, kaya naman po binabalita agad natin ang mga bagong hakbang laban sa COVID para alam kaagad ito ng taumbayan,” ani Nograles.

Una nang itinanggi ni Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ang kumalat na impormasyon hinggil sa martial law.

Giit ng opisyal, walang mabigat na dahilan para gawin ito sa ngayon ng pamahalaan sa kabila ng muling paglobo ng COVID-19 cases sa bansa.

Defense chief on martial law rumors amid rising COVID-19 cases: Fake news

Robie de Guzman   •   January 7, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Department of National Defense (DND) chief Delfin Lorenzana has denied rumors circulating on social media that the government will declare martial law or a total lockdown to address the rapidly growing new COVID-19 cases.

In a statement, Lorenzana said there is no compelling reason for President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law.

“Not true. Fake news. Definitely out of the picture. There is no compelling reason to declare martial law,” he said.

Rumors that Duterte will impose a total lockdown, barring everyone from going out of their homes to address the coronavirus surge have circulated on social media at the start of the week.

This week, the Philippines saw a rapid increase in the number of new infections, with 17,220 additional cases recorded on Thursday.

The sharp increase in the country’s COVID cases is believed to be caused by the local transmission of Omicron and Delta variants.

But Lorenzana pointed out that the latest tally is lower than the over 26,000 recorded in 2021.

He added that while highly transmissible, the Omicron variant is seen to be less aggressive than the Delta variant.

“The highest we had was 26,000+ last year. Today we have 17,220. This variant while more transmissible is less virulent than delta. Less people get seriously sick,” he said.

Due to rising cases, Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, and 14 other areas in the country have been placed under COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

President Rodrigo Duterte have also directed local officials to restrict the movement of unvaccinated persons in a bid to protect them from contracting the virus.

Lorenzana, who also chairs the National Task Force against COVID-19, said the Inter-Agency Task Force is still evaluating on the possibility of implementing stricter measures to combat the COVID-19 surge. (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Duterte orders barangay officials to restrict movement of unvaccinated persons

Robie de Guzman   •   January 7, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has directed barangay officials to limit the mobility of persons who are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 amid rising cases in the country.

During his pre-taped public briefing aired late Thursday, Duterte told barangay officials to advise unvaccinated residents to just stay at home to avoid contracting the disease, especially its highly transmissible variants.

“I’m now giving orders to the barangay captains to look for those persons who are not vaccinated and just would request them or order them, if you may, to stay put,” he said.

“If he refuses, he goes out of the house and goes around in the community or maybe wherever magpunta, he can be restrained,” he added.

Being persons in authority, Duterte said barangay captains have the power to arrest “recalcitrant” persons if they are unvaccinated and refuse to be restrained or escorted to their homes, he argued.

At the same time, village chiefs can also mobilize civilians to help them with the subjugation of people who haven’t received COVID-19 shot from leaving their homes and loitering outdoors.

“Give them the task officially probably written and that converts their status from being a civilian but also a person in authority called upon to assist the persons in authority,” he said.

“They now become agents of a person in authority. That is my position,” he added.

The president, however, clarified that he was issuing the order as part of his responsibility to ensure public safety and well-being.

He also pointed out that unvaccinated people will not be immediately imprisoned, and persons in authority will have to talk to them about the dangers of leaving their homes.

“I hate to say this word pero — these words: being the President, ultimately I am responsible for the safety and well-being of every Filipino and that is why my orders are to restrain them,” he said.

“Hindi naman kaagad arestuhin. Paki-usap lang, eh sir hindi ka nagpabakuna then you put everybody in jeopardy. You go out, you get contaminated, dalhin mo. Ngayon, por pamilya, por bahay ang contamination,” he added.

Meanwhile, Duterte ordered the police to arrest and detain for investigation individuals involved in the illegal trade of COVID-19 drugs in the black market.

“I would insist for the police to arrest them and detain them for investigation. If it’s a serious offense, that will go about 34 hours of detention and in that time, you can investigate,” he said.

The president said that nobody will be spared, stressing that his order also covers agents and sellers or sales representatives, and even owners of medical infrastructures.

“Sabihin nila even it’s a matter of violation, ‘wala kami, ‘yung aming mga staff lang.’ Do not give me that s***. Hulihin ninyo at ikulong ninyo,” he said.

The unregulated sale of COVID-19 drugs is a serious offense because it victimizes those who need the medicine but cannot afford to buy due to very steep prices.

Duterte also asked the Department of Justice to assign fiscals who could conduct summary investigation and inquest of those involved in the prohibited trade. He also wants the police to investigate their areas of responsibility and to “solve the problem.”

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