Martial Law

Duterte visits Marawi

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, political debate was sparked on whether the 1987 Constitution would allow President Rodrigo Duterte to form a revolutionary government in lieu of declaring martial law. Supporters of Duterte say that by forming a revolutionary government, he doesn’t have to make a report to Congress, which is a proviso of the 1987 Constitution when martial law is declared. The framers of Read More …

Marcos-Never-Again

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas What ever happened to “Never again to martial law”? A phrase opt-repeated in many rallies long after the Filipino people ousted the dictatorship of the late Ferdinand Marcos in what is now known as “People Power,” it seems “never again” has lost its luster in the face of the emergence of another strongman that doesn’t hesitate to say Read More …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas With the Supreme Court basically showing reluctance to review President Duterte’s martial law declaration and ceding its power to the President to determine the territorial scope of martial law, it now seems that the country’s slide to tyranny is coming to near certainty. Congress has earlier given up its power to review the bases for the martial law Read More …

Philippine Marines patrol Marawi City.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Long before President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte imposed martial law in Mindanao, he was already toying with the idea of declaring martial law, not just in Mindanao but the entire country. Why? What caused him to consider martial law when his supporters in the House of Representatives have provided him with an ironclad defense from any attempt to impeach him? Or are Read More …

President Rodrigo Duterte and his generals.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte won the presidency hands down by 39% plurality and 16.6 million votes. His closest rival, Mar Roxas, got 23.4%, which is only 9.9 million votes. Not only did Duterte win the presidency, he also took control of the House of Representatives when a vast majority of congressmen from other parties – there were only three from Digong’s Read More …

Bongbong, Miriam, and Imelda (behind).

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With Election Day just two months away, campaigning is heating up particularly in the vice presidential contest. Indeed, never in the history of Philippine politics had there been more campaign propaganda used and resources spent to elect the vice president of the country, which makes one wonder: why the sudden interest in a job that does nothing but run errands for Read More …

Bongbong-Marcos-and-father

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. was elected to the Senate in 2010, a lot of people have been wondering if he’d pursue a higher office when his term ends in 2016. Being the only male offspring of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, a dictator who ruled the Philippines for two decades, Bongbong is presumed to have an Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz After half-century of political life, erstwhile Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile stepped down from the pinnacle of power in June 2013, a role that he had performed with calculated planning and precise execution. His adroit balancing act during the impeachment trial of then-Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona was the epitome of his political career. Enrile began his public life as Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz On September 21, 1972, then President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared a craftily designed – nay, conjured — martial law; thus began an authoritarian regime that lasted 14 years until it ended in an attempted coup d’etat that morphed into a successful “people power” revolution. Another coup d’etat that was promoted as a “people power” revolution ousted then President Joseph “Erap” Estrada Read More …

Abolish-pork-leaders

“The reason why we are protesting today is because all succeeding regimes after Marcos failed to stamp out bureaucrat plunder and government abuse. The pork barrel scam reminds us how little has changed from the time of the dictator. Clearly, the system is the problem.” – Dr. Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, Bayan By RONALYN V. OLEA and JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Braving a gloomy Read More …