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Philippine President wants Philippine Constabulary back, Bongbong Marcos’ idea?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Philippine President Duterte says he wants to revive the Philippine Constabulary. The same  law enforcement force blamed for human rights abuses during Martial Law under the late President Ferdinand Marcos.




Philippine President

Philippines is set to mark the 44th anniversary of the Martial Law declaration. President Rodrigo Duterte  recalled history and announces his plan to revive the Philippine Constabulary or PC. The reason why many protestors were screaming their opposition not to bury Marcos in the Heroes Cemtery because he was allegedly not a hero.



Rule of Martial Law

He felt the need for the PC to fight urban terrorism.

“I will return the Philippine Constabulary under the 4 commands – army and the Philippine Constabulary because I need people in urban terrorism like the [Special Action Forces],” Duterte said in a speech before a military camp on Tuesday, September 20.




It was recorded that on September 21, 1972, Marcos signed Proclamation 1081, and that placed the Philippines under Martial Law to communist threat. The alleged ambush of then defense secretary Juan Ponce Enrile triggered the declaration. Marcos formally announced Martial law implementation on September 23, 1972.

The late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr had exposed “Oplan Sagittarius” during his September 13, 1972, privilege speech even before the declaration. Aquino spoke about the government placing Metro Manila and outlying areas under the PC control.




Critics of Dictatorship

The PC was the national police force that started during the American regime in 1901. It  became part of the military later on -in charge of maintaining peace and order.

Their reputation was tainted when they were used to arrest those unruly critics of the government.

Martial Law Declaration

The PC took the lead in the implementation of strict peace and order policies. They were instrumental in taking over private establishments and arresting activists.

Another Presidential Decree 170, signed in April 1973, authorized the defense secretary to place any city or municipal police force under the discretion of the PC.

Human rights abuses

The martial law years came to be remembered by many as a time of strict discipline. But detractors used isolated deaths escalated by the media to paint massive human rights abuses. They blamed them on to the PC.

In various accounts, victims pointed to them as the ones behind the alleged torture and killings used later on by detractors to oust then President Marcos.

Why would President Duterte want it back? Those who have known men who were members of the PC can attest their utmost discipline in the tasks laid before them. The danger was with commanders who have different agenda.

While it seems that President Duterte is justifying most of Marcos’ actions during his time, the son, Bongbong Marcos hardly has any hand on this. As a Marcos loyalist, Duterte has studied everything that Marcos has done in the past – and for sure he knew what worked.  Duterte is not somebody that can be dictated in the first place. It’s all his idea. Bongbong Marcos can only be flattered with someone following the footsteps of his father. Telling everybody that Marcos was a great President after all!

 

References: http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/146867-look-back-philippine-constabulary-marcos

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/14/asia/philippines-marcos-burial-protest/

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Fair U.N. Ruling against China supported by Clean Countries





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
As nationalism continued to spark in china for alleged oppression by the United Nation, those supporting the Philippine case are perceived to be less corrupt. The AMTI Arbitration Tracker said 40 countries supported the legally binding arbitral proceeding and called on China to respect it.” These countries are:

Albania
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Bulgaria
Canada
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Moldova
Montenegro
Netherlands
New Zealand
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
United States
Vietnam

7 countries in the Top 10 of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2015 are seen as relatively “clean” countries – and they all agreed in the ruling that Philippines has sovereignty over the disputed South China Sea particularly in the West Philippine Sea arena.

Reference: http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/in-depth/139167-west-philippine-sea-countries-support-china

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Chexit can Trigger World War III – Philippines is just an Excuse





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
“Chexit” or China’s exit from the country’s territorial waters shortly after an international arbitration court affirmed the Philippines’ sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea was protested by Filipinos in front of the Chinese Consulate property. Carrying a fishing boat with a Philippine flag, more than 100 activists marched to the Chinese Consulate in Makati City, yelling, “Philippine territory is ours, China get out.” Many fishermen hoped that the ruling would stop China’s aggressiveness in blocking Filipino fishermen from the disputed fishing ground owned by Philippines. Chexit can be mirrorrd in other neighboring countries that will put China into trouble but this is not the start of the friction.

It’s has been a notion that the United States has strategically planned destabilizing Russia and China economy-wise to retain its control as world leader. The Russian and Chinese governments are setting themselves up for America by swallowing the “globalism” line, using the US dollar, participating in the Western payments system, opening themselves to destabilization by foreign capital inflows and outflows, hosting American banks, and permitting foreign ownership. These economic processes have made Russian and Chinese governments ripe for destabilization – they will have to go to war in order to defend their sovereignty.

However,it will be a bit complicated explaining how world war is triggered when the countries involved became willing accomplices by patronizing with the economic convenience laid before them. That’s why the “freedom of navigtion” issue along with the territorial disputes at the South China Sea would be a more believable excuse especially when the international tibunal already issued its verdict in favor of the Philippines that actually made China furious – thus deliberately showing their military capability then the U.S. will come to the aid of Philippines and so as Russia to the Chinese – and the rest is history.

Reference: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/795698/cabinet-meeting-called-to-plan-next-steps

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Malaysian and Filipino Humor is Unanimous with “PUKI” or “UKIP” Brexit Campaigner’s Flag


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Simple happenings never failed to remind us that despite living in different countries and fighting over different goals like the Sabah Claim issue, Filipinos and Malaysians are similar in many ways – due to their common origin that can be traced back from the 9 Datus of Borneo as history dictates.

One close similarity of course is the language since both Malay and Filipino languages derived from Sanskrit words – thus explaining the common words in both languages although they differ in grammar and pronunciation. “PUKI” refers to vagina in Malay and Filipino.

So, just imagine Filipinos and Malaysians seeing the leading “Brexit” campaigner Nigel Farage when pictured underneath a banner that accidentally spelled out “UKIP” to “PUKI” over the internet. Faraj which is also close to Farage’s family name also means the same in Malaysia’s local term. At least the laughter that resulted from that made that news viral over the net which is more fun than the territorial dispute.




Reference: http://www.manilatimes.net/brexit-leaders-photo-gets-dirty-laughs-in-malaysia-philippines/271731/

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Philippine’s Ignoring the Tribunal for China would be a Betrayal to Unclos


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
China’s announcement that negotiations with Philippines are already done for bilateral talks once they ignore the U.N.’s Tribunal ruling from the Hague on July 12 was not clear. It did not elaborate if it includes financial negotiations to stop President Rodrigo Duterte’s mouth with their bullying in the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea that affected the livelihood of Filipino fishermen or just exchange deals for the Deuterium exploration on those areas known to be rich in such deposits. Whatever the case may be, Philippine’s ignoring the Tribunal would be a betrayal to Unclos or the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

It was reported during Duterte’s presidential campaign which he publicly admitted that he did not see any reason not to negotiate with China since they have the technology and the country has the resources. If that is the case, Philippines will not only be betraying the Unclos but also the United States of America who allegedly happens not to agree with the Philippine-China joint Deuterium exploration with no apparent reason given.

China initially was already angered by the Philippine’s protesting the case through the Tribunal when both can conduct a peaceful bilateral talks and was also surprised by the US’s actions of defending the maritime navigational passageways along the South China Sea to preserve the freedom of maritime navigation – despite their substantial financial or monetary loan from China. Nevertheless, more actions can be confirmed after the July 12 ruling so, for now it’s a wait and see game.




Reference: http://www.mb.com.ph/china-offers-talks-if-ph-ignores-court-decision-on-territorial-dispute/

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