Abuses in the implementation of the unwritten/ unpublished declaration of martial law may have started. DZMM of ABS-CBN has received reports of warrantless raids/ searches of houses of civilians/ residents of Marawi. Such warrantless searches can only be made incident to a lawful arrest or … in the enforcement of a valid arrest. In this particular case, for example, the law enforcement authority should have personal knowledge that the person they want arrested is inside the house and the occupants refuse to turn him/her in. (Do you trust the military operating presently in Mindanao as implementers of martial law?)
The Deans and University officials all led by #UPDiliman Chancellor Michael Tan speak up to condemn the violence against indigenous & Moro people– guests of U.P. (Lagot mga pulis na lumapastangan sa kanila — woe unto the policemen who violated our guests)
The Deans and University officials strongly condemned the police “rampage” against the indigenous and Moro people and wondered aloud, quote “about the racist undertones of the MPD (police) action, the police acting with such brutality clearly because they wanted to protect the imperial US Embassy against the national minorities or, in a local term used condescendingly, “natives”. ” closed-quote. The Deans stressed: “Our police forces should become servers and protectors of the Filipino people, especially the most marginalized.”
Embedded below as a jpeg file is a copy of the official statement and open letter of the U.P. Deans and University officials led by the Chancellor to PNP Chief Ronald de la Rosa and to Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada:
Point for Leila de Lima at the House inquisition, este, hearing… but it’s too subtle to be seen
The star witness Jaybee Sebastian is either a drug lord being coddled by then DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima, and was required to raise her election campaign funds, according to the theory of the case of the present government; or a government asset being used by the then DOJ to break the back of the drug syndicate inside the National Bilibid (jail) Penitentiary, according to now Sen. Leila de Lima.
The government’s case against Leila de Lima will rise and fall on the basis of which theory of the case could be proved.
Is he a well-protected drug lord? Or a valuable and useful government asset?
Do you see it?
Then…. at about 7:45pm of the House hearing, the star witness revealed something the significance of which escaped many.
He said he knew who the government agent was among the inmates, an inmate himself.
Of all the witnesses and inmates who had testified, about a dozen or so, only he said this –– apparently only he knew who the government operative was: a deep penetration agent.
When asked who this government agent was, he said “I don’t want to reveal his name because it would put his life in danger”.
When pressured further to reveal the name, he stood his ground.
That is the behavior and discipline of a government asset.
His disavowal notwithstanding.
Do you see it?
(Of course, when the operators of this government read this, they will try to undo that, perhaps even burn said deep penetration agent by forcing the witness to reveal the identity to the congressmen in executive session. If that name is revealed, even in executive session, you might as well sign the government agent’s death warrant . That’s how serious the government is in breaking the back of the drug syndicate in NBP – they will burn the government’s own deep penetration agent just to burn Leila de Lima.)
(To be fair, Leila de Lima herself burned her own government asset when she revealed the nature of his engagement, to save herself some embarrassment by providing an explanation as to why she as then DOJ secretary would hold meetings with him in private: Now she lost him. )
Not to worry, Leila : He is still a government asset — not just yours anymore.
…. (actually… I just wanted to play this James Bond song, I’m not saying anything important here, don’t mind me… The original:
nobody does it like Carly Simon…)
#Du30 needs to effect lawful arrests asap—this is Davao, he was a city prosecutor, it’s right up his alley
Some essential details first:
The President does not declare lawlessness.
He does not declare a state of lawlessness.
He does not declare a state of lawless violence.
This kind of sentence structure means he is imposing lawlessness, or that he is imposing a state of lawless violence, or that he is putting the entire country in state of lawless violence.
Rather, the President declares the existence of a state of lawless violence for which he exercises his Commander-in-Chief power of calling out the armed forces to suppress such lawless violence.
In essence, what he is declaring is his exercise of the Commander-in-Chief power of calling out the armed forces to suppress lawless violence.
To call out the armed forces is to command the armed forces, to order the armed forces, to deploy the armed forces. Etc. Only the Commander-in-Chief is authorized to do these (although he can delegate the operational details to his chief-of-staff.)
In other words, he is declaring that he is ordering the armed forces to suppress lawless violence by, for example, intensifying the hot pursuit of the Abu Sayyaf, the setting up of lockdowns and checkpoints in certain areas, etc.
Simply put: The President ordered increased military patrols and presence in the cities and crowded areas, etc.
Legally, it is not necessary for the Commander-in-Chief to expressly declare: “I am declaring the existence of a state of lawless violence…etc.”. He can simply deploy and order members of the armed forces to execute their mission.
But since he had in mind a whole set of measures such as lockdowns, checkpoints, etc. , he needed to declare the constitutional framework for what he was doing. That framework is the Commander-in-Chief calling out power.
In other words, he was putting military boots on city streets and tiled floors so he needed to declare his constitutional framework.
Amid all these huffing and puffing, what is the status of the investigation?
The President needs to order the speedy and careful conduct of the investigation so that criminal complaints of murder with ignominy, 14 counts, could be filed right away –- this is Davao and he was the top city prosecutor so he knows what to do. The suspects will not reply in the preliminary investigation so the reglementary periods could be fast-tracked – so that warrants of arrest could be issued right away. But if warrantless arrests would be made, the “suspects” can only be detained without charges for 36 hours only – make it count. THIS IS URGENT.
“Ph to go rogue internationally” “Ph to fight UN as rogue nation”
The broadsheets missed a more accurate and contextualized headline for President Duterte’s graveyard shift venting during a media briefing Sunday 1:00am: “Maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations. If you are that rude, son of a ♠∉∗ϖ∇, then we’ll just leave you”. -Duterte
Philippines to go rogue, all Filipinos to wear a pompadour hairstyle — that’s how to write a headline : you missed it.
The 1:00am media briefings are always exciting.
Not to worry. An international investigation leading to criminal indictment internationally will probably take four years. What President Duterte should look into is the Rome Statute creating the International Criminal Court which the Philippines ratified in 2011.
Can the UN rapporteur gather enough evidence to show extrajudicial killings in alarming numbers (like, hundreds or thousands…)? So as to be considered a “crime against humanity”…?
Then it will be submitted to the UN General Assemby — pagbobotohan pa iyan (it will have to be voted upon by the UN General Assembly); hwag mo pansinin yan, matagal pa yan, ikaw pa.
Then, the UN General Assembly can decide to refer it to the International Criminal Court — matagal pa iyan; marami ka namang friends, besties (best friends) kayo ng China, Russia, the UN Security Council almost always controls the voting in the UN General Assembly — o, hindi ka mai-indict. Kaya huwag ka umalis ng UN, mawalan ka ng besties sa Security Council.
(news anchors: read the Rome Statute, hwag maging corny):
But i still like the sound of it:
Philippines — The Rogue Nation…
and … cue music…
jet plane, Tom Cruise…
Oops! President Duterte issues ultimatum to “narco-judges” “narco-congressmen”: One is dead (8 years now), another never a congressman. Oops…
In the news graveyard shift, after 12 midnight this day, during the wake of soldiers killed in battle, before their corpses and widows, with flores para los muertos literally as his backdrop, President Duterte recited a macabre list and issued an ultimatum to “narco-judges” to report to the Supreme Court within 24 hours or else face consequences.