So much is at stake in the 2019 elections: OUR SOVEREIGNTY AND PATRIMONY.
Those in power will fight tooth and nail for majority seats in the Senate, the only remaining bastion not under its control.
The ruling political party and its allies are hell bent in pursuing federalism through charter change. It would mean extension of term limits and continuation of political dynasties. The 1987 Constitution is a rights-based Constitution and a product of the people’s struggle against a dictatorship. Changing it will remove pro-people provisions and give back hard-earned rights to those in control of economic power. Charter change will give blessings to tyrannical rule.
VOTE FOR DEMOCRACY!
VOTE AGAINST TYRANNY!
Tyranny is an important phenomenon that operates by principles by which it can be recognized in its early emerging stages, and, if the people are vigilant, prepared, and committed to liberty, countered before it becomes entrenched. The methods used to overthrow a constitutional order and establish a tyranny are well-known. However, despite this awareness, it is surprising how those who have no intention of perpetrating a tyranny can slip into these methods and bring about a tyranny despite their best intentions. Tyranny does not have to be deliberate. Tyrants can fool themselves as thoroughly as they fool everyone else. Here are the top 16 signs that you are living in a tyranny or heading that way. Many thanks to Jon Roland for submitting this list (the original of which is here).
Duterte is the Law
What else do we want to confirm? Coming straight from President Rodrigo Duterte’s mouth, his word is law and investigations of the NBI, the Philippines’ premier investigating agency, will not matter.
Duterte had just arrived from his side trip to Thailand when he first said that nothing was irregular in the killing by the CIDG-8 of detained Mayor Rolando Espinosa and Raul Yap on November 5. “Utos ko iyon.” (It was upon my order.) He said after getting only the report of the CIDG saying that they killed Espinosa in a shootout.
Now, December 7, after the NBI reported their findings that it was a rubout, that no shootout between Mayor Espinosa and the policemen took place and that “the killing was premeditated and that the victim was defenseless when he was killed,” Duterte insists, he will not allow those involved in the killing of Espinosa to go to jail.
“Ang findings ng pulis, murder, ay NBI. Good. Ako, naniniwala ako sa police. Ang mga mayor, sino ba ng pinaniniwalaan nila? Police o ang mayor? Kung ano ang sinasabi ng pulis, iyan ang tutuo sa akin.” (The findings of the police, murder, I mean, the NBI. Good. I believe in the police. Who do mayors believe? In the Police or in the mayor? Whatever the police say, that for me is true.)
“I will not allow these guys to go to prison maski sabihin ng NBl murder. Tutal, under ko man ang NBI. Under ko rin iyan, ang department of Justice. But I do not interfere.” (…even if the NBI says it was murder. After all, the NBI is under me. It is also under me, the Department of Justice. But I do not interfere.)
“May finding sila? Good. File nila ng kaso? Pero hindi ko pabayaan ang mg pulis na ito kasi ako ang may utos eh.” (They now have their findings? Good. But I will not abandon these policemen because I was the one who gave them the order.)
Even before the NBI issued its findings, Duterte had admitted that it was he who ordered Police Director General Roland de la Rosa not to reinstate Superintendent Marvin Marcos and the rest of the CIDG-8 team that raided the subprovincial jail in Baybay City in Leyte.
Is Dutere merely expressing his sympathy and support for police officers who are in hot water after faithfully performing their task in line with his administrations’ gory war on drugs?
Duterte will find it difficult now to make it appear so. The implications of his words and actions especially now that the NBI has given a more credible report following some senators’ pointing out of the signs of irregularity in the operation, are definitely beyond Duterte’s “compassion” for the police officers.
He is the president of the Philippines, supposedly a democracy, and is duty-bound to see to the proper carrying out of duties and obligations of both government and state primarily to protect the interests and welfare of the people. He is not an anti-drug czar whose primary duty is to oversee measures to minimize if not totally eradicate the drug problem.
He is duty-bound to uphold the Constitution and other laws, rules and duly established processes. He has to uphold these so that government and state institutions and agencies function in harmony and complement each other, so that these serve and do not abuse the people, people get redress whenever abuse happens, so that the people can live and work in peace and security to fully enjoy the fruits of their labor and happily support their government back. Human rights, after all, cannot exist without rule of law
But we have a president who does not listen to appeals for due process of law.
We have a president who shows to the world that he owns the Philippine National Police (PNP) that he is now turning into a killing machine purportedly to end criminality and the drug problem. He expects the chief PNP, and everyone under him to obey. Undoubtedly, he is turning the Philippines into a police state.
Since day one of his presidency, he has urged police officers to hunt everyone in illegal drug trade, instructing them not to hesitate to kill if their own lives are in danger. He has repeatedly promised police officers he will not abandon them if they are accused for doing jobs in line of duty. Now, he swears to coddle police officers even when these are involved in acts that point to their possible complicity as protectors of drug dealers.
This is the latest of the menacing words and acts by Duterte after earlier threatening to include human rights activists in the drug hit list. Both these came after burial of the late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos’ at the Libingan ng mga Bayan, which is still being protested by an increasing number of people.
Everyone who upholds democracy should be alarmed and should work to stop Duterte’s madness for tyrannical rule!
Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (Kilusan)
December 10, 2016
Hadlangan, balik-kapangyarihan ng mga Marcos! Labanan, banta ng muling pag-iral ng tiranikong paghahari sa bansa!
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