By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Risa Hontiveros, who is known to defend criminals claims that the Du30 administration’s martial law has a record of distorting the rule of law. It allegedly mobilizes the state’s resources and machinery against its opponents. She insists that the situation in Mindanao seems to have similarity with that of the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ regime. Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año’s response to Hontiveros during a deliberation says it all: Only lawless individuals in Mindanao are afraid of the military rule. She should study the difference between the two versions as per the constitution itself.
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[VIDEO]: Sagutan ni Risa Hontiveros at Eduardo Año sa Martial Law extension sa House
Hontiveros expresses her sentiment that law enforcement agencies should rely on the 1987 Constitution on the fulfillment of their duties, and not on military rule. She is against the extension of martial law in Mindanao. Her reactions to the statements of Secretary Año during the joint session of the Congress are all critical to it unsurprisingly.
The Opposition Fears for the 2019 Elections
Senator Hontiveros expresses fears that the military rule can cause harassments to local and national politicians from the opposition. This pertains especially those who will run in the 2019 midterm elections. The Congress conducts a joint session to tackle the extension of martial law in Mindanao recently as per the request of the President. The continuing rebellion in Mindanao necessitates the need for additional power to law enforcement agencies. This is something that Hontiveros is uncomfortable about.
The House’s Support
House Majority Leader Andaya made a motion to approve the joint resolution for martial law extension in the joint session. The House backs the assessment of police and military officials. It agrees that there’s “a continuing rebellion in Mindanao.” Andaya, representative of Camarines Sur, said that the House believes a “further extension of martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus will enable the authorities to finally put an end to the rebellion. It can also keep it from escalating to other parts of the countr. Thus, prevent a catastrophe like in Marawi City.”
Twelve senators vote in support of the martial law extension. They are Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Senators Gregorio Honasan II. Panfilo Lacson, Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe, Aquilino Pimentel III, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Juan Edgardo Angara, Sherwin Gatchalian, and Emmanuel Pacquiao also said yes to it. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who presides the joint session with Senator Tito Sotto supports the martial law extension.
No votes for Martial Law Extension
There are five senators who are against the President’s desire for the military rule extension for the third time in Mindanao. They are Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Franklin Drilon, Francis Escudero, Risa Hontiveros, and Francis Pangilinan. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto abstained. The Senate and the House of Representatives vote to extend martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole Mindanao until the end of 2019 at 235-28-1. The Senate vote is at 12-5-1 and the House 223-23-0. This takes almost five hours of deliberations.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque questions how could there be persecution when Senator Antonio Trillanes IV receives more airtime and “the palace gets 30 percent by way of reply?” “He loves it because he’s now in the center stage. This is not political persecution. This is a gift for him because we’ve given him the limelight,” Roque said. The yellow’s destabilization efforts together with the Communist Party of the Philippines may be real. But it is evident that the government is confident with the military’s loyalty. The AFP is bigger than its officers and men, as Col. Edgard Arevalo responds to Senator Risa Hontiveros’ badmouthing the President. Hontiveros calls Du30 as the country’s ultimate destabilizer. However, Arevalo confirms that the military is loyal to the constitution. He also adds that the opposition cannot persuade the uniformed soldiers to turn against the elected leader.
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[VIDEO]: Malacañang: ‘We’ve given Trillanes the limelight’
Intelligent and Mature Organization
With the word war about the soldier’s loyalties between President Durterte and Senator Trillanes, Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. comments. To quote him, “While I am aware that the troops have individual views on many issues, those merely are hallmarks of an intelligent and mature organization like the AFP. But we always put the interest of the organization and the nation above our own.”
The Senator is Lying
Galvez is dissuading people from attempting to divide the AFP. To quote him, “Let me take this occasion to warn persons or groups that attempt to divide the AFP by sowing intrigues and discord among its officers and enlisted personnel. You will not succeed.” He also reminds the soldiers to not involve themselves with politics after the issuance of Proclamation 572.
The Lapse on Senator Trillanes’ Amnesty
Presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque, argues that only a president can grant or sign an amnesty. He argues that tsk of signing an amnesty cannot be delegated. He also comments that Trillanes should be jailed sooner rather than later. National Security Adviser, Hermogenes Esperon Jr. says, that a “specific amnesty” should have been issued by Aquino.
As a sudden turn of events, the Makati Regional Trial Court issued a warrant against Trillanes. The senator yielded when the warrant was served to him at the Senate Lounge. He was able to post bail, however, and was given a release order. Consequently, he went back to the Senate.
Coup d’Etat is Non-Bailable
With his amnesty nullified, Senator Trillanes’ rebellion cases are pushing through. He was able to post bail from the warrant that was served to him by Makati RTC Branch 150, which handled his case over the Manila Peninsula Siege. However, if branch 148 comes out with a warrant for him over his Coup d’Etat case on the Oakwood Mutiny, he will no longer be able to post bail as it isn’t bailable under court-martial. For the meantime, the RTC defrays its decision to issue an arrest warrant. The Senator is back to his house and has been very quiet since then. The DOJ said that they are relieved that the court at least already did something and not just ignore their plea to address Trillanes’ fate following the rule of law.
Malacanang assures that the law enforcers of the government maintain maximum tolerance during the rallies on the 46th anniversary of Martial Law. Atty. Harry Roque, the Presidential Spokesperson points out that the President respects the people’s right to express themselves. Nonetheless, the mainstream media fails to exaggerate the protests. Real people post through social media various images that show the decline of Edsa People Power. This happens as the brain of both martial law and Edsa mutiny, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile reunites with Bongbong Marcos, the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.
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[VIDEO]: Harry Truman once said, “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.”
Martial Law Anniversary
On September 21, 1972, Martial Law was enacted through Proclamation 1081. It was then declared on the 23rd of September. Hence, to mark this 46th anniversary of President Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, some groups and universities hold protests. This is according to earlier reports.
Resistance on the Alleged Dictatorship
Quoting The Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon’s statement, “hundreds of peasants with indigenous people, fisherfolks, urban poor and other sectors—people of Central Luzon—continue their three-day protest march from provinces.” Furthermore, they are also set to join to join the United People’s Action against the speculations of Tyranny and Dictatorship under martial law.
Enrile’s Denies Martial Law Brutality
Enrile claims that the country was in better condition when martial law was declared in 1972 than the country’s situation now. He is one of Marcos’ strongest allies and served as defense secretary. He said that there’s nothing to fear under the provisions of the martial law in the 1986 constitution. Even Senator Risa Hontiveros’ stunts on the street in the rain seem crazy for many.
The Communist Party is Not the Organizer
The Communist Party of the Philippines also says that they are not the event’s organizers, but, they do support the opposition. Their statement says; “The CPP denounces the officials of the Philippine National Police for insisting on the announcement that such actions are the doings of the CPP, NPA, and the NDF. This is apparently to justify plans to clamp down the protests. However, it is obvious through the media interviews of the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo that the Liberal Party is behind all the movements.
In the anticipation of the rallies, Joseph Estrada suspends classes in all levels both in public and private schools. The PNP is set to observe maximum tolerance for the rallies. Meanwhile, in anticipation of road closures because of the activities, the MMDA urges the motorists to take alternate routes.
Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceñ defends him from accusations that he is a killer. Her argument was simple: if the President is a killer, his political enemies would have long been dead. She said this amidst speculations that Du30 has a hand on the drug war killings.
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[VIDEO]: Honeylet Avanceña, emosyonal nang ipagtanggol ang Pangulo at kampanya kontra-droga.
“You’ve seen it, Senator Antonio Trillanes has been hitting us since a week before the election. Then why is he still alive, right? Nothing’s happened to him, so it’s not true. You know that he’s not that kind of person,” Avanceña said.
Drug War Program
She talks to Philippine National Police officials during the launch of the PNP’s “Life After TokHang” program. The project seeks to provide a holistic approach to the drug war. Her husband is widely criticized because of this. Detractors name drop International human rights bodies in their media propaganda just to discredit the President and his campaign.
Aside from Trillanes, Avanceña cites the President’s long-time critic in Davao City, former Speaker Prospero Nograles. “Nograles himself has done not very good things to him in the past, but look how forgiving he is,” she said. She refers to Du30’s burying the hatchet with Nograles.
“He will never instruct anybody, the Armed Forces, or the PNP for that matter, to kill for no reason at all. He just can’t-do it, he’s a lawyer,” she added. The non-Visayan media often misunderstand the Du30’s countless threats to kill violators of the law. They even cited in many instances that he said he will do the killing himself. Little do they know that in the Visayan dialect, such statements just mean that he is serious to implement the law. The question now is, who will the detractors kill next to blame it on the President?
Senator Risa Hontiveros’ obsession with the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos is elevated to the higher level when she likened Mayor Sara of Davao, the president’s daughter to the most popular leader of the country. Of course, Inday Sara as she is fondly called can only be too proud. She reiterates by calling Hontiveros the spokesperson of terrorists.
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[VIDEO]: RISA HONTIVEROS NANAWAGANG LABANAN ANG DIKTADORYANG DUTERTE
Senator Risa Hontiveros accuses Davao City Mayor Sara of using the tactic of the late President Ferdinand Marcos after the latter indicts her for “abetting rebellion.” Hontiveros defends the Maute group by saying that they are not rebels but they only fight for their own ideology.
At first, it was the President whom the Liberal Party assumes to follow the footsteps of ex- President Marcos against democracy defenders. Hontiveros mentions the likes of Soc Rodrigo, Lorenzo Tanada, and Ka Pepe Diokno.” Now, it’s his daughter. People are confused why the yellow faction keep on pressing on Marcos. Is that because of their highest elected official, Leni Robredo is about to be toppled by the namesake, Bongbong Marcos through the electoral protest?
Mayor Sara recently resorts to Facebook to express on Hontiveros’ statements and said that she is “abetting rebellion”. This is Hontiveros’ justification of the Marawi City conflict. Maute Group act doesn’t fall either in rebellion or invasion, she said. This prompted Inday Sara to inquire why Hontiveros is acting like the terrorists’ spokesperson?
Hontiveros is disappointed by Inday Sara’s remarks whom she considered as “friendly acquaintance”. “The Mayor and I are friendly to each other for some years now, I respect her as a fellow woman leader,” Hontiveros said. Obviously, they have two different beliefs when it comes to the Maute Group’s illegal violence in Marawi. After all, they burned government facilities, killed civilians, and took over public properties before the president decided to pursue them using military powers.