House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez confirms that unlike during the Marcos regime, today’s Congress has a say on Martial Law. It can be revoked if out-voted by members of the House of Representatives. It is, however, unlikely because it’s the right thing to do.
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[VIDEO]: If you’re not from Mindanao, shut up. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had this to say to critics of the President’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao but are not from the region.
Due in Mindanao
He also advises critics not living in Mindanao that they should see the realities on the ground. To chain the hands of the president at a time when he needs our full support the most is cruel. the House speaker said.
Critics Only Disagree
Alvarez knows that he cannot convince critics of the merits of the martial law. Ther are there to find loopholes and they now have the opportunity given the circumstances. Despite the military chief, Eduardo Año’s assurance that the situation is under control, critics continue to disagree.
The Past is Past
Very few in the Senate and the House of Representatives express opposition to the martial law. “While we understand the reservations of some with martial law, let us view the situation not exclusively from the perspective of the past. Our present constitution provides sufficient safeguards to prevent abuses by agents of the State. Moreover, we give the public our assurance that we are keeping a watchful eye upon the unfolding of events and will step in as a counter-balance should and when the need arises,” he said.
BBM is not the Late Marcos
Nonetheless, the real reason for critics to make noise is to malign BBM. Bongbong Marcos, the son of the late Marcos is often accused by detractors of the alleged sins of his father. Despite not being successful in litigating Marcos previously in various courts, they still want to not leave the cloudy past behind. Most anti-Marcos people refrain from punishing the real culprit of the historical martial law abuses. All that they advocate for is to block the younger Marcos from the executive office.
Leni Robredo really gets on the nerves of many Filipinos. Robredo now demands that the President should take back his statement that he does not care what the Congress or the Supreme Court do regarding his martial law declaration.
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[VIDEO]: BT: VP Robredo, binisita ang ilang lumikas mula sa Marawi City
Vice President Leni Robredo urges the President “take back” his “reckless statement” about disregarding the decisions of Congress and the Supreme Court (SC). This is about on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. “We urge the President: take back what he said about disregarding Congress and the Supreme Court…We trust that the President realizes that such reckless statements only further add to apprehension felt by many citizens,” Robredo issued the statement.
Clarification from the Palace
The president would certainly not defy high court in case it rules against the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Du30 only issued such a statement because he believes the military and the police. It’s not the legislature or the judiciary who are knowledgeable about the real situation on the ground.
The Congress and Supreme Court may review the proclamation of martial law or the suspension of the privilege of the writ habeas corpus should any citizen files a complaint. This is according to the sonstitution. However, the president does not need an approval from both for implementing it. So, what is the nagging of the Vice President all about?
Bitter with Marcos
“We cannot deny the power of Congress and the Supreme Court to review any proclamation of Martial Law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus. This is a process borne out of our bitter experience under the (Ferdinand) Marcos dictatorship,” Robredo said. Firs of all, the late Marcos was not a dictator. The VP just shows her insecurity that sooner rather than late, the Philippines will have its real Vice President in the person of the son, Bongbong Marcos.
Senator Panfilo Lacson assures the public that the president’s martial law declaration is backed by the Senate majority. He also reminds people that the new constitution is already revised to prevent alleged military abuses from happening again.
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[VIDEO]: SEN. LACSON ON MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO
No Approval Needed
Now that the President has declared martial law in Mindanao, all eyes are on both chambers of Congress as mandated by the 1987 Constitution to “jointly” vote to affirm or revoke it. The outcome of this is very predictable based on the number presidential allies in the lower as well as in the Upper Houses. Lacson clarifies that no approval is needed.
Voting is Irrelevant
“It goes to say that by sheer numbers alone the vote is irrelevant in this regard. Twenty-four senators can’t outvote 292 congressmen,” Lacson said. He basically confirms that martial law is almost official. They fully support the move to eliminate terrorists from Marawi.
Article 7, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution states that “the Congress, voting jointly, by a vote of at least a majority of all its Members in regular or special session, may revoke such proclamation or suspension, which revocation shall not be set aside by the President.” Lacson assures the people that they cannot revoke martial law given the situation in Congress.
Congress does not have to approve it but it can be revoked. It can be through a majority vote of all members voting jointly. Lacson suggests that the Senate holds an all-senators caucus to discuss their common stand on the issue. This is to see if they can arrive at a common stand,” Lacson added.
Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat suspects that there’s a connivance between the super majority and the minority bloc in congress and calls it a dirty job. This is to push through with the planned impeachment complaint of Leni Robredo. He said this after the 15 Liberal Party members agreed not to support any impeachment complaints – may it be the president or Robredo.
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[VIDEO]: May suspetsa si Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat na magsasanib puwersa ang super majority at minority bloc sa Kamara para ituloy ang pagpapa-impeach kay Vice President Leni Robredo.
“I have this suspicion that the co-opted minority will do the dirty job for the super coalition in pushing the VP Robredo impeachment,” said Baguilat. ABS party-list Rep. Eugene de Vera thinks that the LP members are just playing safe because, in a separate interview with Robredo, she said that they will protect her.
Where the Leak Comes From
House minority leader Danilo Suarez as of now heads a group where De Vera is a member. The legitimate Minority where Baguilat belongs to is separate from that. So, he is like saying that aside from the majority group, some minority members also want Robredo impeached.
Noisy with Robredo but Quiet for the President
Baguilat is wondering why the minority congressmen are very noisy when it comes to the impeachment of Robredo. This is the opposite with the President’s impeachment case filed by Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano.
Alvarez is Determined to Pursue with Robredo’s Impeachment
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez remains firm in pursuing the filing of the impeachment complaint against the beleaguered Vice President. He is very much willing to sponsor it after a lawmaker decides to go through with it. For now, it’s a wait and see game.
By: Elena Grace Flores
It was a noble thing that President Duterte reminded Congress, about the government’s responsibility to ensure the efficient delivery of basic services to the public when the Department of Budget and Management or DBM submitted his administration’s proposed P3.35 trillion estimated budget for 2017. He once again repeated the essence of toppling corruption in the bureaucracy to win public trust – but forgot to remind himself that his credibility through words and actions can divide the nation.
His conflicting words however while addressing the congress that they should not have the “mindset that the power and resources of the offices we occupy are ours to enjoy” – when he himself is fond of bad-mouthing detractors and addressing them with criticisms and allegations that are personally and brutally below the belt
Well, Mr. President please know that the general public excluding perhaps your loyalists who would bow down to you even if you let them eat your feces, are not interested of what you people in public service do inside your bedroom. We are more into our daily sustenance, no killings, good educational and medical facilities accessible even without money and safety for our loved ones not only from extra judicial killings but also from libels which are rampant these days.