Opposition Critics of President Duterte slammed the climate of fear and force in the country as it marks the 119th Independence Day.
In an ambush interview, Rosales was asked about the apparent apathy of the public towards the policies of the President, which she attributed to the way the adminsitration works now. “Yung Duterte Amdinistration functions on a platform of fear and force . there is a climate of fear that is going on. “
Speaking before a so-called “Gather for Civil Liberties” in Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila, Former Human Rights Commission Chair Person Loretta Rosales also voiced her opposition to the martial law in Mindanao and called for an immediate halt to air strikes and conventional urban warfare in Marawi City. “we hope to support the efforts that are being done by our fellowmen even are soldiers who fight for freedom and democracy even the polie but we should lift martial law e should stop airstrikes and we should use the democratic politial way of solving the problem of terrorism”
Rosales explained why urban warfare won’t work in Marawi City. “marawi city is an urban area dapat itigil na nila they should lift martial law and the political process must be principal the politicla principal and better poltiical intelligence because the maute terrorist are able to escape because they use geurilla tactics malilii na kuwan you can never win a war against guerillas using guerilla tactics when you are using a conventional war marcos did it and he lost after so many years we must learn our lessons from the past “
Rosales and her Akbayan Party list colleague, Senator Risa Hontiveros both hailed fallen soldiers and law enforcers in the operation in Marawi even as they also slammed the abuses of the military in the implementation of martial law. “i am shocked and i would like to say that while nagbibigay nga tayo ng pugay sa mga sundalong namatay nonetheless i am very critical and i am shocked at the abuses of the soldiers this was alreday reported the soldiers and the policemen doon sa kanilang warrantless arrests tapos yung kanilang mga searches doon sa bahay bahay that was reported by the president of the IBP of Lanao del Sur sinalakay ang mga bahay sinira ang kanilang mga properties deprivation of their properties theres so much destructionand he is so appalled at the way the soldiers and the policemen have been behaving thanks to martial rule in marawi and mindanao”
Hontiveros for her part pointed out that President Duterte has accountability for the abuses that will be done in the name of martial law. ” well bilang pong pangulo at commander in chief ang anumang banta at paglabag na sa civil liberties ay dahil sila ang pangulo at commander in chief ay kailangan mag exercise ng control at magpakita ng accountability dahil ang lahat po ng ahensiya maging ang mga sandatahang ahensiya ng pamahalaan ay kailangan dapat mapasunod niya sa mga batas sa kosntitusyon at sa paggalang ng kalayaang sibil ng mga mamamayan”
Hontiveros and Rosales led Akbayan Party list and their allies led a tribute to soldiers who fell in the military operation in Marawi City. They posed for a salute to the fallen soldiers.
Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros twitted House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for threatening to disobey and tear up any Supreme Court order compelling the convening a joint session of Congress to review the martial law declaration in Mindanao.
“mali pong sinabi ni speaker na pupunitin niya kung magdesisyon ang korte suprema na magjoint session ng kongreso nung pinadala ni presidente ang ulat nila tungkol sa martial law declaration sa kongreso di namin pinunit yan tinanggap yan at kami po sa senate minority at ang genuine minority sa house yung magniicent 7 ay hawak yung ulat na yan yung papel na yan giniit na dapat magconvene in joint session kung inutos ng korte suprema na kami ay magconvene in joint session di po dapat punitin ni speaker ang 3 sangay ng pamahalaan at mamayan ay dapat magpakita lagi ng paggalang sa isat isa at hindi bastos lalot na itong mga isyu ng martial law ng suspension of the privilege of the writ yung mga agam agam sa pagalabag sa kalayaang sibil ay napakaimportante at nagdudulot na ng malaking kaguluhan kailangan mahawakan natin ang mga demokratikong institusyon at pruseso para as magbigay ng kaayusan kalinawan at katarungan sa ating bayan “
Last week, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he will tear up any Supreme Court order for congress to convene a joint session to review President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Speaking to reporters after he was made a respondent in one of the petitions assailing the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, Alvarez stressed that the Supreme Court has no business under the constitution to order congress regarding the exercise of its powers over martial law. “mag issue ng directiba ang SC telling congress dictating congress na oy magconvene kayo ng joint session? punitin ko yan eh.” Likewise Alvarez warned of a constitutional crisis should the Supreme Court issue such an order. Critics of martial law want Congress convened to review the declaration, the way Congress did in 2009 when President Arroyo declared martial law over Maguindanao. ” of course not kalokohan yan kaya sabi ko mag aral muna bumalik sila sa law books pag aralan nila. kung pupuwedeng gawin yan eh talagang magkaka roon ng constitutional crisis di namin kasalanan yun.” Alvarez thinks those who want a joint session just want media mileage. ” o siguro baka gusto nilang mag grandstanding lang sa joint session. tanong mo sa kanila kung ano epekto basta kami di susunod kung ano sabihin ng supreme court diyan dahil wala silang karapatan para diktahan ang kongreso kung ano dapat naming gawin”
Hontiveros also tried to rally public support against abuses of martial law. “dapat po wag nating itapon sa basura ang kanilng kabayanihan sa buong kasaysayang ito kung tayo ay papailalim sa isang batas militar na sumasaway di tumatalima sa batas at konstitusyon kaya higit na mahalaga ang panawagan namin sa lahat ng mga kababayan wag po tayong pakakatakot kahit sa mga fake news o sa mga pekeng kaso ng fake news king or kuryente king ng padre faura batsa dapat ituloy po nating mga mamamayan ang tradisyon ng mga bayani mula noon hanggang sa ngayon na ipaglaban at ipagtanggol ang kalayaang sibil karapatan ng mamayan nang sa ganung paraan ang demokrasya ng sambayanan”
as this developed,The Senate Minority Bloc on Independence Day called on various institutions of democracy such as the Congress and Supreme Court to assert their independence. “Now, more than ever, it is important for our democratic institutions to show their independence amidst the complicated and divisive political environment that we have today,” they said in a statement.
The Senate Minority Bloc is composed of Senators Franklin M. Drilon as the minority leader, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Benigno Paulo “Bam” Aquino IV, and Leila De Lima, all belonging to the Liberal Party; Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV; and Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros.“We will not be able to protect and serve our people if we do not preserve our independence and integrity as institutions of democracy,” they said.
“Let us not allow others to dishonor and disrespect our institutions, because doing so is an insult to the memory of the brave and selfless Filipinos who fought for our freedom as a nation,” said Drilon.
Trillanes stressed that “it is in everyone’s interest that we guard the independence of our institutions.”
“As we celebrate our Independence today, let us breathe life to the liberties that were fought for us by our forerunners by defending the independence of our institutions and by keeping dissent alive in the face of tyranny,” Trillanes said.
Pangilinan and Aquino, for their part, said that the people should continue to guard the democracy in light of the proliferation of “fake news” and misinformation.
“Sa pagyabong ng social media, lumaganap din ang fake news na nagbabanta sa katotohanan at nagdudulot ng kalituhan. Nais nating mga Pilipino na maging malaya mula sa fake news at kasinungalingan,” said Pangilinan.
“We fought for independence from foreign rule. We fought for freedom from a ruthless dictator. Now, we fight terrorism, encroachment on our territory and our freedom to dissent. In an era of fake news, rabid online persecution and weak political institutions, we need to fight for our democracy now more than ever,” Aquino said.
Hontiveros, for her part, said that “independence and freedom will have no sense without democracy.”
“Our freedom can only be guaranteed by strong democratic institutions. I call on the public to honor the sacrifices of our heroes by opposing a Martial law declaration that is not compliant with the constitution. Let us always remember, the promised order of tyranny will never bring us to full democracy,” she added.