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The Supreme Court En Banc Sets Martial Law Extension Petition Argument Next Week

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Solicitor General Jose Calida files his comment on the petition recently. He insists that rebellion still exists. “The issue of whether such rebellion persists must have the verification of the executive department. Then, the approval by the legislative department must follow. These are the two of the three co-equal branches of the government. The Supreme Court en banc sets the oral arguments of the petition against martial law extension on January 22 and 23. z

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[VIDEO]: Kamakailan lamang ay muling ipinalawig ni Pangulong Duterte ang Batas Militar sa Mindanao hanggang Disyembre 2019. Ano-ano na nga ba ang naging epekto nang pagpapatupad nito noong nakaraang taon?

Martial Law Extension Resistance

Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice previously says that martial law extension reflects on the military’s performance and that this is not necessary for Mindanao. The Magnificent 7 lawmakers led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman earlier files the first petition. On top of that, another group of opposition lawmakers challenges the factual basis of President Rodrigo Du30’s third extension of martial law before the Supreme Court.

The Opposition Group’s Arguments

The lawmakers argue that the government fails to prove that this specific public safety requirement exists.” They said that Du30 requests for its extension with general terms instead of factual arguments. The President allegedly did not submit a more detailed report to support his administration’s statement of continuing rebellion in Mindanao. The members of Congress did not receive such document. They believe that the rebellious incidents do not endanger public safety. This a ground to impose martial law under the Constitution, they added.

The Anti-Martial Law Lawmakers

The Makabayan bloc is composed of House Representatives Carlos Isagani Zarate of Bayan Muna, Emmi De Jesus and Arlene Brosas of Gabriela, Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis, Antonio Tinio and France Castro of ACT Teachers and Sarah Jane Elago of Kabataan party list.

Defending the Country’s Sovereignty through the Supreme Court

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana assures the public that the military “will continue to uphold its mandate of defending the sovereignty of our state. Then, to retain the integrity of the country’s territory and protect the democratic way of life of our people. This with full respect for human rights, international humanitarian law and the primacy of the rule of law, of course.”

The Able Respondents

Named as respondents are President Rodrigo Du30, Congress of the Philippines represented by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr., and Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde.

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The Supreme Court Decides on Martial Law Proclamation by July 5

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Supreme Court put an end into Pro- and Anti-Marcos arguments on Martial Law. It decides on the case on or before July 5. Three petitions are heard by the SC during the three-day oral argument. This internal deliberation is based on the request of Solicitor General Jose Calida.






Youtube video by; GMA News
[VIDEO]: Huling araw ng oral arguments kaugnay ng Martial Law, nauwi sa executive session



Arguments Terminated

The Supreme Court terminates the oral argument on the petitions that question the validity of Proclamation 216 or the martial law proclamation of the President in Mindanao. SC’s Information Chief Atty. Theodore Te said that all parties must submit their memoranda or before June 19, 2017, at 2 in the afternoon.




Relevant Attendance

The internal deliberations of the anti-martial law petitioners is led by Albay Representative Edcel Lagman. Defense Secretary and martial law administrator Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces Chief of Staff and martial law implementor Eduardo Año gave details on the actual situation to justify the pro-martial law sentiments of the President.




Powerful Presentation

Calida said that it is necessary to keep the session internal because intelligence information is discussed with the justices and the mentioned parties. Año has a powerful presentation with confidential documents for the Supreme Court to verify, he explained.









Clear Purpose

The petitioners’ fear of the Marcos regime’s measures against political detractors that resorted to inciting insurgents to go against the government is just hard to ignore. They are basically worried that President Du30 will do the same. If so, the Liberal Party members can be persecuted, their media banned and real democracy will be restored just like during the Marcos era. Perhaps this time, Bongbong Marcos can already take his post as VP because most people believe that he was the real winner of the 2016 Vice Presidential elections.




http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/905881/sc-terminates-oral-arguments-on-martial-law-proclamation




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Anti-Marcos Worried over Pro-Marcos SolGen Calida to Head PCGG Soon

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Pro-administration lawmakers just filed a bill that would put the Solicitor General Calida in charge of the PCGG. It aims to recover the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family. If their bill is signed into law, ant-Marcos activists are worried on the Solicitor General’s judgment. It is not enough that they asked to stop the Php 25,000 pesos pension of former First Lady Imelda Marcos as the widow of a war veteran which is Php 5,oo0, and 20,000 as the widow of a medal of valor recipient.






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[VIDEO]: SolGen Calida: Imelda Marcos gets P25-K pension since 1994



True Blue Marcos Loyalist

Solicitor General Jose Calida is a true blue Marcos loyalist. He was an avid leader of the Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong or RRD-BBM alliance. He campaigned for the tandem and even expressed his utmost support for both candidates during a media interview in Ilocos Norte.



PCGG under SolGen

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez pushes House Bill Number 5233. Together with Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, and House justice committee chairperson Reynaldo Umali. It seeks to place the Presidential Commission on Good Government or PCGG under the Office of the Solicitor General. That automatically makes Calida the head of the PCGG that disturbs the anti-Marcos protesters.



Current Status

The PCGG has so far recovered over P170 billion. The same bill places the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel under Calida’s office and upgrades his rank, benefits, and privileges. So, Calida would be on top of the three departments once the bill is approved. Will he pursue running after the Marcoses or diverts his attention to other politicians who have questionable lifestyles?




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Give Credit where it’s Due

These anti-Marcos people are filled with hatred in their heart. They cannot give credit anymore where it’s due. The pension of a deceased military man has nothing to do with any alleged ill-gotten wealth that after more than 30 years, no court could prove it or dismiss the complaints. Since in a democratic country, one is innocent until proven guilty, the heirs of the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos must not be treated unfairly. Are they really afraid that Calida will be biased in the Marcoses’ favor or worried that he examines the wealth of the anti-Marcos government officials instead?




http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/inside-track/165384-solicitor-general-jose-calida-marcos-wealth-pcgg




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Marcos Burial Exhumation: Solicitor General Calida Knows Christianity More Than Priests And Nuns?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Digging up the remains of Ferdinand Marcos would be “unchristian,” said Solicitor General Jose Calida. He insists that the interment of the deposed strongman at Libingan ng mga Bayani did not violate the Supreme Court ruling on the sensitive issue. Calida, led government lawyers in defending President Duterte’s order authorizing the military funeral stressed that there was no legal impediment to stop the Marcoses from burying their patriarch at Libingan.





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[VIDEO]: SolGen Calida, idinepensa sa SC ang hero’s burial para kay dating Pres. Marcos



Cannot Reverse the Decision Made

The Supreme Court will not allow exhumation which is unChristian, says Calida. Digging out Marcos remains will be against Christianity. Marcos also should not be isolated. If they insist on digging him out, they should also do so to the rest of the soldiers and presidents buried there to be fair.



Executive Action not a Political Question

Duterte’s participation in the Marcos burial is clearly an executive action that the president is entitled to and should not be challenged with a political question because it will be a rebellion to do so.



Bongbong Marcos is likely the Target

It is very clear that the Marcos burial is again used to discredit Bongbong Marcos to assume the Vice Presidency then the Presidency later on – but by the looks of what’s happening now, it seems that there’s no stopping Bongbong Marcos. Circumstances just favor him strongly – making his transition to office as clear as the running water in the rivers during the Marcos era.




Resistance Noted but they are short with Numbers

It has been observed that rallies and protests are happening one after the other – but it seems like they are the same people changing clothes. They are definitely not great in number. Perhaps, they are waiting for the Marcos Camp’s response?

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/846165/exhumation-unchristian-says-solicitor-general