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End-Year Martial Law in Mindanao is On: Necessary for Bongbong Marcos while Fallacy for SC Justice

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Senate and the House of Representatives grant the President’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2017. A total of 261 lawmakers voted in favor and only 18 are not in favor. Bongbong Marcos already said that it is necessary to battle international terrorism that starts to set a foot in Marawi. While Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen thinks it is counteracting terrorism with martial is a fallacy.






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[VIDEO]: Ayon sa Korte Suprema, mas matimbang ang kaligtasan ng publiko kaysa sa sentimiyento kaugnay ng mga naging pag-abuso noon sa ilalim ng batas militar.



Super Majority Vote in the Congress

A majority vote of the two chambers voting jointly. At least 158 of the 314 members of Congress, was needed to pass the motion. A total of 279 lawmakers, 20 senators, and 259 congressmen were present at the Batasang Pambansa to cast their votes. This includes Senator Leila de Lima who serves a prison sentence in Camp Crame for drug charges.




Supreme Court Justice’s Opinion

To impose martial law to fight terrorism is a “fallacy” or a deceptive wrong move, according to Justice Leonen. He is the lone dissenter in the landmark ruling of the Supreme Court that upheld the constitutionality of President Du30’s martial law order in Mindanao. The court spokesperson on announced that the magistrates voted 11-3-1 to support the constitutionality of the President’s declaration. It throws out three petitions that questioned the factual basis of the emergency.  Three other justices partially agreed with the decision including Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.




Bongbong Marcos’ View

Bongbong Marcos said that the extension of Martial Law is not the problem. Thinking that international terrorists are gaining a foothold in Mindanao particularly in Marawi, this is not an easy problem. This is even a global threat. The President must have the power to command the military in full scale without apprehensions. The palace, however, assures the public that military abuse is unlikely.









Public Opinion

The majority of the public during this administration simply trusts the popular president’s discretion. Justice Leonen’s experience in governance is not at par with Bongbong Marcos who has served both in the Senate and in the local government who is still hands on to the situation of the on a bigger scale. Not to mention his close experience during martial law under his father’s regime. By now, he has gained the wisdom on what to do and what not – as the President’s successor choice. He backed the president up whenever he is interviewed with regards to his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo.

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Supreme Court Prioritizes Internal Issues Over ‘Ilocos 6’ – Imee Marcos to Find Other Means

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro questioned Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s “long delay in the filling up” of key SC positions, the appointment to the Philippine Mediation Center Office, and granting travel allowances to members of her staff for foreign travels minus the approval of the court en banc. Earlier Sereno, Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, and Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr have inhibited from the “Ilocos 6” case. This prompts Governor Imee Marcos to divulge everything in a press conference.






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[VIDEO]: Congressmen should be the foremost advocates of the rule of law by respecting the authority of the Court of Appeals (CA) to provide legal relief to the so-called “Ilocos Six” officials who were cited in the contempt by the lawmakers, the former head of the country’s biggest voluntary association of lawyers said Tuesday.



Supreme Court Issues

De Castro points out that under Administrative Order No. 33-2008, the full court appoints the PMCO chief, upon the recommendation of Philja. However, Sereno appoints Atty. Brenda Jay A. Mendoza to the post without Philja’s recommendation. On another matter, official foreign travels by court officials and personnel need the court en banc’s approval for travel allowances. However, the Chief Justice granted OCJ staff’s foreign travel allowances without court approval.




Cruel Dealings

Bongbong Marcos thinks that the dealings of the Congress with the “Ilocos 6” are cruel. It’s also beyond words how they threaten to detain the governor. Perhaps, the best thing to do now is to let the House arrest Marcos from her territory. It is not advisable at all to attend to any hearing anymore when you are not given the benefit of the doubt.




Unfinished Business with Ilocos 6

Sereno and Reyes previously issued a joint statement to urge the House committee on good government and public accountability to recall the show cause order it issued against the 3 CA justices from the Special 4th Division. It issued a ruling ordering the House panel to provisionally release the 6 Ilocos Norte officials. However, since 3 justices including Sereno already inhibits the case, the process stops.









Marcos’ Next Step

While the Marcoses exhaust other legal means, Gov. Marcos divulged that the original documents were turned over to COA but it lost them. The Ilocos Norte government said the “Ilocos 6” had “requested to see the original documents before testifying, lest they commit perjury by giving sworn statements based on possible falsified photocopied documents. Marcos cited an affidavit by COA janitor, Pedro Gorospe Jr., an employee of the provincial treasury who was recently assigned to the provincial jail. He confessed that he was compelled to steal the documents by Cynthia Gorospe. She is an employee and coordinator of Congressman Fariñas but she denied the acusation.

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Imee Marcos’ Plea Delayed, No Supreme Court Justice is Brave Enough to Handle it So far

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Ilocos’ 6 freedom is not going to happen anytime soon. Gov. Imee Marcos’ writ of Amparo plea is initially raffled to Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta by the Supreme Court. He administered former First Lady Imelda Marcos and Bongbong Marcos oath of office as Ilocos Norte congresswoman and senator, respectively. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Justice Andres Reyes Jr. also inhibited from the case. No reason was provided by the high court about their inhibition.






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No Immediate Release

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and the six detained officials of the provincial government failed to secure immediate relief from the Supreme Court against the Congress’ inquiry into the Capitol’s alleged misuse of tobacco excise tax funds.




Petitioners’ Plea

The petitioners resort to the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order on the probe initiated by the House committee. The next hearing is on July 25. The petitioners also asked the SC to assume jurisdiction over the writ of habeas corpus case. It is urged to order the release of the six employees and also issue a writ of Amparo “given the cruel treatment and violation” of their right to be free.




Politically Motivated

Imee Marcos accused the respondent-House leaders of committing grave abuse of discretion and violating the resource persons’ constitutional rights. This happened during a legislative inquiry. She said that local politics was behind the House inquiry that points to his family’s rivalry with the clan of Rep. Rudy Farinas.









Support the Ilocos 6

The other petitioners in the plea are the detained employees, namely, Josephine Calajate, Encarnacion Gaor, Genedine Jambaro, Evangeline Tabulog, Pedro Agcaoili Jr. and Eden Battulayan. Their family and work lives are interrupted because of some Congressmen’s show of power and influence. This must be stopped.

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Alvarez Prepares for Robredo, Sereno Impeachment while VP Snubs Counter SONA

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Vice President Leni Robredo learned her lesson the hard way. If she continues to attack the President, her downfall can also be faster. It wise of her to snub the counter SONA at UP where most of her colleagues from the Liberal Party take turns in criticizing PDu30’s first year in office. She instead flew to Hong Kong with her daughter to spend time with the OFWs there over the weekend.






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[VIDEO]: Vice President Leni Robredo and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno face the prospect of impeachment as the 17th Congress enters its second year, according to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.



Story of Hope

Robredo is not at the counter SONA organized by opposition lawmakers. They are composed mainly of her party mates. It is held at the University of the Philippines recently. Robredo flew to Hong Kong over the weekend instead. She aims to gather inspiring stories from overseas Filipino workers for he “Istorya ng Pag-asa” project




Counter SONA

”SOanoNA” was attended by Senators Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino, and Antonio Trillanes IV. They all delivered a message for detained Sen. Leila de Lima. Also present were Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano and Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat. No one clarified if Robredo knew about the event.




Colorful 2nd Year

Robredo and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno face the prospect of impeachment as the 17th Congress enters its second year. This is according to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. “That’s why this second year of Congress may become more colorful,” he said. Alvarez confirms that he is collecting evidence to build possible impeachment cases against Robredo and Sereno.









Anti-Marcos Stint

Alvarez’ anti-Marcos nature is evident in the Ilocos 6 case. He made sure that Gov. Imee Marcos and her six officials are treated as cruel as possible. This is not surprising because He is one of the direct successors of the Vice Presidency or Presidency for that matter. Koko Pimentel, the Senate President is also in the line of succession. This is the reason why Alvarez wants Robredo impeached instead of Bongbong Marcos to win the electoral protest. Nothing is as clear as that.

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Supreme Court Warns the Return of Ferdinand Marcos through PDu30

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno might be the SC head but it is obvious that she does not have control over it. Sereno criticizes the majority ruling of the Supreme Court over the approval of Martial Law. She said that it effectively gave PDu30 the exclusive right to decide on matters of national security without limitations. She fears that this can pave the way to abuse.






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[VIDEO]: President Du30’s record-high net satisfaction ratings can be partially attributed to his declaration of martial law in Mindanao,



Close Watch by the Supreme Court

The Chief Justice and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio have the same opinions. They said separately that the President must be under close watch on his Martial Law moves. This is to make sure that as he exercises Proclamation 216, people can prevent abuses.




Partial Grant

Sereno partially granted the petitions against Proclamation 216. She said in her opinion that Du30 should not have been given the sole discretion to proclaim martial law over the entire Philippines. This goes the same in areas where there is rebellion. However, most justices voted in favor of his sole discretion over the matter. At least, SC still practices democracy.




Marcos’ Return

Carpio said that Du30’s words should not be taken lightly. The president once discloses that his Martial Law will not be any different from what the late President Ferdinand Marcos did. Marcos allegedly abolished Congress, shut down media that triggers rebellion, imprisoned political opposition leaders, packed the SC with loyalists and ruled by decree. Carpio said that the Court must discourage the President to repeat history









Martial Law Consequences

Carpio enumerates the possible consequences of the martial law. That includes wiretapping and government takeover of businesses, the news media, and services such as telecommunications, power supply, and aviation. He stresses that these are all powers given to the President when national security or public safety requires it. What can they do with the surging high popularity of PDu30? As democracy dictates, the majority wins.




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