ON the same day that a prayer rally in Mendiola was violently hosed down by police water cannons, a group of lawyers had filed a petition with the Supreme Court to question the constitutionality of the calibrated preemptive response (CPR) enforced against rallies and the “no permit, no rally” policy under Batas Pambansa Blg. 880.

The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) filed the petition on behalf of over two dozen protesters who were arrested and injured in two peaceful mass actions on September 26 and October 5 violently dispersed by the police. The petitioners are also seeking a temporary restraining order on the continued enforcement of the “no permit, no rally” policy and the CPR.

Named respondents were:

  • Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita
  • Interior and Local Government Secretary Angelo Reyes
  • Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Arturo Lomibao
  • PNP National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Vidal Querol
  • Manila Police District (MPD) Chief Pedro Bulaong

Last September 21, Ermita issued a statement announcing the “rule of calibrated preemptive response” on “unlawful mass actions.” Sought for a clarification of the rule by FLAG, Ermita’s office replied through Undersecretary Edwin Enrile:

At the outset, allow us to emphasize that calibrated pre-emptive response is not an exercise of any emergency power by the Executive. Rather, it is the responsible and judicious use of means allowed by existing laws and ordinances to protect public interest and restore public order. An example would be the strict implementation of the “no permit, no rally” rule. Or the more active enforcement of existing warrants of arrest issued by the courts of law. Thus, it is not accurate to call “calibrated pre-emptive response” a new rule but rather a more pro-active and dynamic enforcement of existing laws, regulations and ordinances to prevent chaos in the streets.

Contrary to Usec Enrile’s reply, FLAG noted that the enforcement of the CPR in the two mass actions was markedly different from “maximum tolerance” as prescribed by BP 880 for dispersal of rallies.

FLAG’s petition holds that the “rule of calibrated preemptive response” violates the Constitution and existing laws based on the following grounds:

  • It does not have any legal basis or legal effect since the “rule” was promulgated by a press statement and affirmed by a letter response. To date, no law, or executive or administrative or similar order has been passed promulgating the “rule.”
  • It is void for vagueness, and arbitrary, since it delegates wide discretion without discernible standards to law enforcers to determine and act in “more pro-active and dynamic” ways to enforce existing laws, regulations and ordinances.
  • It is undue delegation of legislative power, since it effectively repeals the maximum tolerance policy enunciated in Batas Pambansa 880.
  • It is being used to silence legitimate dissent, as protestors who oppose the current administration are targeted for dispersal.

FLAG likewise holds that the “no permit, no rally” provision in Batas Pambansa 880 is unconstitutional for the following reasons:

  • The right to peaceably assemble is enshrined in the 1987 Constitution: “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances” (Sec. 4, Article III, 1987 Constitution).
  • In a number of decisions, the Supreme Court upheld the right to peaceably assemble as a “necessary consequence of republican and democratic institutions, and the complement of the right of free speech” (US v. Bustos, et. al., No. 12592, 8 March 1918 (37 Phil. 731); US. V. Perfecto and Mendoza, No. 177493, 4 March 1922 (43 Phil. 58); among others). The Court further held that freedom of assembly “is entitled to be accorded utmost deference and respect” (Reyes v. Bagatsing, G.R. No. L-65366, November 9, 1983).
  • In Primicias v. Fugoso, L-1800, 27 January 1948 (80 Phil. 71), the Court held that an ordinance “conferring upon the Mayor power to grant or refuse to grant the permit, … would be tantamount to authorizing him to prohibit the use of the streets and other public places for holding of meetings, parades or processions” and that “would make the ordinance invalid and void or violative of the constitutional limitations.”

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mariatoo

October 18th, 2005 at 12:44 am

buti naman at may nagkaso na dyan sa no permit no rally issue. clear and present danger lang ang test para mapigilan ang karapatan to peaceably assemble. kung walang clear and present danger, prior restraint ang tawag dyan. dili puede yan. walang karapatan ang mga mayor na di payagan ang mga rallyista na magrally. hindi galing sa mayor ang karapatan na iyan. nasa consitution yan.

for me, to ensure an orderly redirection of traffic, if needed, what can be done is to just ask for some sort of notice if the streets will be used. (pero baka kahit notice maging controversial rin if it is made a requirement). pero para sabihin na nasa mayor ang decision kung magkakaron ng rally o hindi ay labag sa saligang batas.

further, mayor atienza has no right to prohibit rallies on don chino roces bridge. who does he think he is? the owner of manila? naku yung anak nyan pumoporma ng humalili sa tatay niya. i hope the manilenos wont be foolish enough to let another atienza make manila his fiefdom. i hope they will not allow an atienza dynasty take root there. the atienza children are not a pretty bright lot.

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tongue in, anew

October 18th, 2005 at 3:44 am

This petition of FLAG with the SC will put to test and affirm either the stupefaction or sanity of Malacañang policy-makers. It will likewise put to scrutiny the cankered impartiality and independence of the Supreme Court, borne by its own scandals involving its questionable constructions in the removal of Erap, the suspension of Atty. Paguia’s license, and Chief Justice Davide’s thwarted impeachment, among others. To this day, it has failed to rule on Sec. Bert Gonzales’ habeas corpus petition, as if it is exhausting to explore all arguments (of The Firm?) in favor of justifying EO464.

Be that as it may, this new petition by FLAG will rightfullly confirm what has been known by everyone all along: that Gloria’s CPR (Callous Police Recklessness?) policy indeed, has no basis in law.

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assumptionista

October 18th, 2005 at 5:42 am

Good comments tongue in, anew,
But an impartial Supreme court is just a dream. Sadly, the SC will just probably protect GMA and will just say that CPR and EO464 is legal…… and that would be a sad day for all freedom loving filipinos….

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Toro

October 18th, 2005 at 8:19 am

Presumably, if the SC rules against the CPR the SC is impartial pala. We have heard enough from those who get favorable court rulings declare, “there’s justice after all”. And when the rulings go against them they cry, “there is no justice in this country”.

I suppose this is one of human’s frailties that whether or not a judgment is fair it will only accept what is favorable and reject what is not. A sound judgment is irrelevant.

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indio_lawless

October 18th, 2005 at 8:24 am

All hopes and prayers that the Highest Tribunal will address the petition the soonest considering that this is an issue of paramount interest.

The question of constitutionality should not only be resolved speedly but also justly, fairly and devoid of political color nor interests.

However, SC has a thing or two with regard to technicalities as well as political correctness.

I remember in 2004, when PCIJ requested SC for the SAL of Justices, said request was denied for a reason.

Will you, Alecks, refresh our minds of said denial? thanks.

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assumptionista

October 18th, 2005 at 9:07 am

In an ideal setting the SC is supposed to be apolitical and impartial. But the reality is that our situation now is far from “ideal”, we have justices who were “appointed” and owe their position to GMA.

Sadly institutions like the the SC and COMELEC has been so tainted that people do not anymore trust these institutions.

The problem is that in a presidential form of government the final arbiter is still the SC, their decision is considered final and “legally” we cant do anything about it. But of course at the end the “People” will still have the final say…….

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roamee

October 18th, 2005 at 10:36 am

eh masusubukan na naman itong CPR na ito mamya eh.. malakihang rally na naman.. lalo na sa a-beinte-uno!
dapat talagang aksyunan na agad ang CPR na ito.. teka ano nga ba ibig sabihin ng CPR? Cannot Permit Rally? or is it to Condone the President, a Rapscallion?

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kavenishi

October 18th, 2005 at 1:30 pm

Toro said,
October 18, 2005 @ 8:19 am

Presumably, if the SC rules against the CPR the SC is impartial pala. We have heard enough from those who get favorable court rulings declare, “there’s justice after all”. And when the rulings go against them they cry, “there is no justice in this country”.

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Toro, that’s human nature na siguro. Basta pag daw nagrule ang SC against the CPR the SC is impartial. Ganyan naman talaga sa pilipinas di ba, pag natalo ka sa kaso sigaw natin wala ng justice sa bansa natin. Pero kapag favorable naman sa atin ang decision, impartial nga ang SC. Pag ayaw talaga maraming dahilan, at pag gusto naman maraming paraan.

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schumey

October 18th, 2005 at 5:12 pm

I just hope the SC will really be impartial. The administration has a habit of interpreting lows as they see fit. They have been notorious for omitting and editing certain provisions in the constitution to legitimize their illegitimate EOs. I’m not so sure about the provisions regarding BP 880 which is what the CPR is based on.

Is it true that BP 880 has the following provision?

*Water cannons, teargas and smoke grenades can be used only in the event of a rally being violent.

I hope that someone can provide us with a link or clarification regarding BP 880 so we can all fully understand and judge for ourselves the legality of CPR.

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Loi_Pogi

October 18th, 2005 at 6:27 pm

PROTEST MAKEOVER

[This article was taken from http://www.professionalheckler.blog-city.com]

APOLOGIES TO THE LEGIONS of eukaryotes who regularly visit my site for updates but get disappointed to read old posts. My immortality is being challenged by circumstances beyond my control. Ventricular activities have started to take over my system resulting in massive aortic spasms and auricular paroxysm. In simpler terms, I am in love. And I had to spend more time with my significant other.

It’s been weeks since I last heckled GMA, the government, the opposition, the legislators, and the bishops. My silence on recent controversies proved to be inimical to my health. If I didn’t write something sardonic the next few days, I will implode and die. And my absence in the blogging world would bring about the direst of consequences. And you will miss my divine existence. Umamin ka!

Now, on to serious business…

Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona looked like a walking cadaver after being “cannonized” in Mendiola. Sen. Jamby Madrigal’s chin appeared to have grown half an inch longer as she lashed out at GMA. And Fr. Robert Reyes was, well… the priest was wet and wild.

Why did it happen? Who was to blame? Could something worse be in the offing?

To avoid similar incidents during rallies, Heckler At Large recommends Three Unique Forms of Street Protests against a corrupt leadership:

STREETDANCING. Sen. Jamby Madrigal may feel uncomfortable, but she will have to wear baro’t saya and Satur Ocampo will don a camisa de chino while they dance their way towards Mendiola Bridge.

Congressmen Chiz Escudero, Edmund Reyes, Gilbert Remulla, Dudut Jaworski, Tito Guingona III, Juan Edgardo Angara, Alan Peter Cayetano, Joel Villanueva and Justin Chipeco will do the Maglalatik. [The gay community will be happy!]

Ping Lacson with partner Sandra Cam; Rolex Suplico with partner Clavel Martinez; and Jinggoy Estrada with partner Imee Marcos will do the Tinikling. The bamboo implements used in the performance will then be used to roast lechon with no less than JV Ejercito making the supreme sacrifice for the country. Siya ang lilitsunin!

Former senators Ernesto Maceda and John Osmeña with guest performer Jude Estrada will entertain anti-riot cops with a ballet performance. What sort of cop would dare use water cannons if they’d see these three men in tutu? Move over Lara Flynn Boyle!

The street dance will be the most peaceful, colorful and gay-est protest action ever in the history of Mendiola.

STAGE A SANTACRUZAN. This will be a May in October affair! Susan Roces will be the Reyna Elena. The Constantino will be played by Niño Muhlach.

FPJ Lawyer Harriet Demetriou will be Reyna Sentensyada [she’ll have to be blindfolded.] Former Censors Chief Armida or Tita Midz will be as herself – a Siguion-Reyna.

The roster of minor “reynas” shall include Loren Legarda, Congresswomen Liza Maza, Darlene Antonino-Custodio, and Rissa Hontiveros-Baraquel.

The three kings will be portrayed by Rez Cortez, and Party-list Reps. Paeng Mariano and Crispin Beltran.

Former President Cory Aquino, Sen. Loi Ejercito and Cong. Etta Rosales will be the Hermana Mayores.

The event will be exclusively covered live by Bro. Eddie Villanueva’s Zoe TV 11 (recently renamed Q TV). The tv coverage will be directed by another “reyna” – Al Quinn.

Ted Failon of ABS-CBN and Totoy Talastas of the Iglesia ni Cristo-owned Net 25 – both staunch government critics – will annotate.

DO THE OBLATION RUN. I was able to catch four Oblation runs during my stay at the State University and believe me, it was fun. Just avoid looking “down there” or you’ll feel badly for Filipino men in general. Stay focused on the ecstatic crowd.

As a form of protest against GMA, I suggest that the following personalities run naked along Ayala Avenue: Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona; Sen. Aquilino Pimentel; Sen. Juan Ponce-Enrile; Linggoy Alcuaz; retired generals Ramon Montaño and Fortunato Abat; former UP president Dodong Nemenzo, former congressman Didagen Dilangalen, Cong. Ronnie Zamora, and Makati City Mayor Jojo Binay.

These three unique forms of street protests will certainly attract huge crowds and will entice a bigger number of sympathizers. GMA will no longer brand the protesters as mere destabilizers but “performing artists” instead. She may even refuse to label them as power-grabbers but rather “movers of Filipino customs and traditions.”

Enough of street chaos. Let go of the usual Ibagsak! Ibasura! Patalsikin! mode of expressing rage. Let’s all have fun. Let’s seek the ouster of a corrupt regime through the most peaceful and artistic way.

Be gay!
[And I mean, happy. Not the Joel Lamangan kind.]

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tomas tinio

October 19th, 2005 at 4:47 am

Schumey said: I hope that someone can provide us with a link or clarification regarding BP 880 so we can all fully understand and judge for ourselves the legality of CPR. Here it is: http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/bataspam/bp1985/bp_880_1985.html

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tongue in, anew

October 19th, 2005 at 5:03 am

The Supreme Court is the last hope for fairness and justice. But having politicians and “interesting personalities” sitting in that institution makes me feel uncomfortable if not worried. I’ve heard talks in the construction industry congressman Dante Tinga of Taguig, the nemesis of the Cayetano political clan, was appointed Asso. Justice after his mayor-son Freddie gave “generous” discounts for occupancy permits to big building complexes built in the bustling Fort Bonifacio. An occupancy permit can run in the billions of pesos for huge skyscrapers such as those in Taguig. Did some other parties “share” these big “savings”?

Adolf Azcuna was, of course, a Lakas-NUCD top executive and was also a Ramos protege and cabinet member. It seems like he was put there to make sure cases won’t flourish against his former boss – the racoon in unlit cigar.

I’m also unsettled with Justice Tony Carpio, although I can’t verify if he’s the same Antonio Carpio who used to be president of Lucio Tan’s Phil. Air Lines, Century Park Hotels and Fortune Tobacco. If he is, then, God help us all.

Not to mention the fact that they were appointed by this vainglorious and arrogant kleptocracy to join a group whose very first action since the assumption of power (of the Midget from Assumption) made Webster turn in his grave for its “creative” definition of the word “resignation”.

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Toro

October 19th, 2005 at 7:24 am

Calibrated Preemptive Response. Maximum Tolerance. Do their meaning make much difference? Let’s look at the facts behind the water “cannonization” of the rallyists more objectively.

Could Maximum Tolerance have saved the rallysts at Mendiola from being hosed down? Well, unruly demonstrators had been hosed before even when maximum tolerance was in effect. CPR is a premeditated term to strike fear in the hearts of street protesters. The words CPR belong to military nomenclature and only those with hyperbolic minds will dare use them inappropriately, when simple and more conciliatory words like ‘maximum tolerance’ would suffice.

People are only too familiar with phrases like preemptive strike as used by the US military to annihilate the enemy, and when the PNP borrowed the term it gives a chilling effect because it suggests that there are certain degrees of responses to annihilate the protesters in the streets. If the objective appears to be preposterous, well the phrase is overblown. What else can one derive from such an overpowering phrase other than it implies a declaration of war against the protesters, and tolerance is out of the question?

If the idea behind CPR is to scare people from protesting too much, well, the PNP bright boys are mistaken. It only drove the protesters to become fanatics. The Mendiola protesters claim they were holding a prayer rally, but whatever, it was all a show of defiance against the CPR.

Preemptive response are words too hostile to use. They provoke protesters to take up the challenge. Who’s afraid of CPR? The religious and the senile that joined the rally tried to cross the police line in a daring display of courage. Days before that various groups stood up to the challenge followed the next day by senior citizens who dared to test the mettle of the police force. Does all this exercise help in relieving the fears of a “creeping” martial law? Not at all.

Now let’s see the view from the other side.

Why was it necessary for the rallyists to go to San Beda to pray when the San Sebastian church was nearby? To reach San Beda they would have to cross the police line going into the no-rally zone which is part of Malacanang security perimeter. The rallyists insist nobody had the right to stop them, besides it was a religious non-political procession with idols and effigies, bishops, nuns and priests in their ranks to prove it implying they were harmless. Now that excuse is rather questionable as it is specious. It cast much doubt to that assurance because of the presence of many militant activists in their ranks, politicians and otherwise. When the rallyists brushed aside the PNP’s admonition and tried to force their way through it only meant one thing: they will not yield to the police. It showed aggressive provocation putting the police to a test of wills. Nothing can be more foolish and idiotic than expect the police to abandon their duty and capitulate to their demands. But if the idea is to get the publicity mileage for all their troubles, the rallyists succeeded. Perhaps, a greater photo-op would have happened if that escort had used the gun that he accidentally dropped.

The running priest questions why Malacanang needs a security wall around it. That is an innocent question that he knows the answer very well. These are troubled times which he himself has much to do with that made the tenant in that big house to call security. Remove the threats and Mendiola will become a free zone again.

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schumey

October 19th, 2005 at 7:51 am

Thanks Tomas for the info. If we go by the provisions stated in the law, then CPR is definitely illegal. The provisions stated in the law are so clear that I wonder where the administration based CPR on. Well, obviously, Malacanang once again deliberately overlooked several provisions to suit its true intentions. I would suggest the bloggers here to view and appreciate the link and judge for yourselves if CPR is legal or not.

What’s interesting is how the SC will decide on the case. Let’s wait and see if indeed we have an impartial court that will uphold the constitution.

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assumptionista

October 19th, 2005 at 10:43 am

thanks for the link tomas tinio . It frustrates me when Querol and Bulaong always say that they are just implementing BP 880. It is so clear in the law that they are not!

They are just like their boss, liars and cheaters!!

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mariatoo

October 19th, 2005 at 8:32 pm

3 rallies in one day. the end is near for gloria. the on going 5-day march from laguna to mendiola is brewing to be a big one.

btw, the police say that they had intel that the rally last friday was inflitrated by armed militants. however, they have failed to substantiate or lay the basis for their so-called intel. what they’re doing now is looking for evidence of their so-called intel after the fact. ngayon lang sila naghahanap ng patunay. e kala ko ba may intel sila? wala naman pala e. so the water canon was not warranted. and the police quickly cleared their own trigger-happy people.

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jr_lad

October 19th, 2005 at 9:18 pm

finally, they have allowed the rallyist to reach mendiola and enter san beda. and see what happened. a very peaceful rally. after 15 mins the group left peacefully without any untoward incidents. the authorities finally is now using common sense in dealing w/ the rallyist. well, i think they don’t want a repeat of what happened last friday. smart move this time.

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tomas tinio

October 20th, 2005 at 3:06 am

jr_lad said: “smart move this time.” You can say that. However, imho, the police was in something similar to zugzwang in chess, where whatever move one player makes puts him/her in a losing position. If the police dispersed the rallyists, especially using violent means, talo na naman sila in the court of public opinion. Ngayong hindi nila pinigil, they further emboldened others to follow suit dahil mayroon nang precedent. Either way, losing position ang police. At least, we should be thankful walang nasaktan this time.

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schumey

October 20th, 2005 at 3:56 am

Media mileage is what I would call the actions of the PNP during the Black & White march to San Beda. Pa-pogi lang ito to save the tarnished image of the PNP and to relieve the pressure off GMA. The public disgust over CPR has been growing and the administration has to somehow avoid what we call, “the tipping point”. With the E-Vat about to be implemented, the administration has to douse the fires of dissent somewhat or GMA’s regime will surely be toppled. This is the reason why the PNP is a bit lenient and the attackdogs in Malacanang is quiet.

The endgame is now at hand. The administration cannot afford to be too arrogant for it to survive. Remember, the administration is trying to avoid the “tipping point”.

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koj

October 20th, 2005 at 5:18 am

Here’s a link of Ms. Belinda Cunanan narration of what really transpired in the dousing march to Mendiola. While we know that her articles tend to support GMA, it may enlighten us to rethink our perception as to how the dousing/water cannon situation was handled.

http://news.inq7.net/opinion/index.php?index=2&story_id=53888&col=78

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assumptionista

October 20th, 2005 at 5:46 am

I wonder why GMA and her loyal dogs has been so ARROGANT!! Their arrogance is beyond imagination especially when they talk about the rule of law. What they are trying to show is that the law is on their side.

What citizens have to do is just read BP880 and they will know that GMA is lying again!!! There no such thing as CPR only maximum tolerance!!!!

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tongue in, anew

October 20th, 2005 at 7:47 am

Section 10, paragraph [c] of the law prohibits the use of water cannons to disperse a peaceful assembly. “Tear gas, smoke grenades, water cannons, or any similar anti-riot device shall not be used unless the public assembly is attended by actual violence or serious threats of violence, or deliberate destruction of property.”

Need I say more?

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assumptionista

October 20th, 2005 at 9:17 am

BP880
“Section 3. Definition of terms – For purposes of this Act:
(c) “Maximum tolerance” means the highest degree of restraint that the military, police and other peace keeping authorities shall observe during a public assembly or in the dispersal of the same. ”

“Section 6. Action to be taken on the application –
(b) The mayor or any official acting in his behalf shall act on the application within two (2) working days from the date the application was filed, failing which, the permit shall be deemed granted ….”

Now tell me, who is really breaking the law ?…

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benign0

October 20th, 2005 at 9:23 am

Ito ang malabo sa atin e. When the law SUITS us, we CITE it to the letter. When it DOESN’T SUIT us, we hit the STREETS and call for “CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE”.

Ano ba talaga?

ha ha! 😀

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mariatoo

October 20th, 2005 at 10:55 am

was bel cunanan there? kung wala siya then i’d rather believe my eyes and judge from what the police and the rallyists are saying. bel cunanan oftentimes projects her own thoughts to an imaginary person. channeling ba. you have to remember she and her husband are loyal gma’ers because they have benefitted a big deal probably in the millions from her. i dont suggest ever reading her. she’s a joke.

the point is di malabas ng police kung anumang intel ang nakuha nila to justify using a water canon. ngayong lang sila naghahanap ng rason by playing and replaying the video. there’s no good enough reason ante mano to use the cannon. kaya ngayon pinagdidiskitahan nila yung kapwa nila police na bodyguard ni jamby. ang bobobo!!!

the water cannon was not warranted. the pnp violated bp880. pero they’ve exonerated themselves. sus! if that’s not self-serving i dont know what is. i hope the rallyists will file a case against the pnp.

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assumptionista

October 20th, 2005 at 10:57 am

Benigno if you have nothing good to say about anyone IN THIS BLOG …SHUT UP…..

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benign0

October 20th, 2005 at 11:06 am

assumptionista said,
October 20, 2005 @ 10:57 am
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Benigno if you have nothing good to say about anyone IN THIS BLOG …SHUT UP…..
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Why? Did I say anything bad?

Let me re-cite what I just said:

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“Ito ang malabo sa atin e. When the law SUITS us, we CITE it to the letter. When it DOESN’T SUIT us, we hit the STREETS and call for “CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE”.

Ano ba talaga?”
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What part of what I said above is “not good”? 😉

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assumptionista

October 20th, 2005 at 11:10 am

YOU………..HE…HE…..

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Toro

October 20th, 2005 at 11:18 am

The key word is Peaceful Assembly. A peaceful assembly is one that does not transgress a rule and confines its activities within the limits allowed it by law. If violated, the entente loses its meaning and by itself the assembly becomes a lawbreaker.
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LadyL

October 20th, 2005 at 12:12 pm

It is very hard for us Filipinos who are living abroad to see our fellow countrymen being dragged, beaten, kicked, pushed and hosed down with water. It is pure police brutality. I wasn’t surprised when I read an article on the U.S. Department website were it stated that PNP is the number one violator of human rights. This is not how a democratic form of government is supposed to behave. The Arroyo administration needs to learn how to respect the rights of the Filipinos. The more she curtails these rights, the more she alienates us.

With Mrs. Arroyo’s CPR ( Constant Personal Relapse (CPR) of judgment), she only shows her true color to the world – oppressive, repressive, paranoid and insecure. I thought she was politically stronger, as she claimed, when she came back from the U.N Summit. But, on the contrary, the house of Gloria seems to have weakened. She can hide her frailties by issuing all the E.O’s in the world but something that Mrs. Arroyo cannot hide is the fact that majority of the Filipinos don’t want her to be their leader anymore. As a leader, when you don’t have the support and the trust of your constituents, you are doomed to fail.

I just hope and pray that this coming Friday’s rally will be peaceful. If there’s any PNP personnel who visit and read this blog, remember that it is the Filipino people who are your true employer. It is their taxes that pay your salary, not Gloria Arroyo, Bunye and Ermita. Mrs. Arroyo just uses you to continue staying in her stolen and illegitimate power. Don’t be blinded.

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benign0

October 20th, 2005 at 12:42 pm

LadyL said,
October 20, 2005 @ 12:12 pm
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It is very hard for us Filipinos who are living abroad to see our fellow countrymen being dragged, beaten, kicked, pushed and hosed down with water. It is pure police brutality.
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Then again, nobody really expressed any similar outrage in the scale that we are calling for people to exhibit today when hundreds of families perished under a mudslide in the Payatas, or when thousands of Pinoy souls met watery graves when overloaded dilapidated interisland ferries sank while plying the archipelago’s shark-infested waters either.

How come no street rallies or self-important calls to accountability were organised when all these FAR MORE TRAGIC and UNJUST things happened? How come heads did not roll when overloaded ships sank and killed thousands a SECOND, and a THIRD time?

We are so good at shedding crocodile tears over things that pale in comparison to the numerous and far more TRAGIC INJUSTICES that go on right under our noses. Even simple motorists get flagged down and fined hundreds of pesos for violating hollow-headed traffic reduction schemes whilst buses and jeepneys motor away recklessly WITH IMPUNITY while risking life and limb of their passengers, fellow motorists, and innocent pedestrians.

Squatters by their mere presence thumb their noses at The Law on a daily basis and the Dolphys and Nora Aunors of this world skim of millions from their taxable income yearly.

What about those instances of injustice? How come nobody is stomping their feet and whining about those?

Maybe it is because the ones we are so small-mindedly focused on today are those that happen to be on the strategic agendas of the very politicians we love to hate. There’s another irony for you folks. You may be venting this crocodile outrage on politicians but are unwittingly (wit seems to be a chronic deficit in our society nowadays) dancing to their tune in the process.

Food for tots polks! ha ha! 😀

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jr_lad

October 20th, 2005 at 12:54 pm

Belinda Cunanan, used to be a regular critic during erap’s time oftenly seeking for the truth. now she’s more of an extension of the office of the press secretary. i’m not interested in reading her stories anymore. too biased for the administration.

precisely toro, all of these assymblies specially the one held last fri were all peaceful. it became violent only when the pnp engage them and started hosing or dispersing them. i cannot imagine former vp guingona, oscar orbos, the nuns & priest and all the other personalities there resorting to violence.

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KaBlog

October 20th, 2005 at 1:12 pm

Basta ang naiintindihan ko ngayon, ANG MGA PULIS TULAD NI QUEROL AY SINUNGALING at mahilig gumawa ng Kwento. Obvious naman gusto nyang palitan si Lomibao kaya panay ang pa-pogi nya! GUSTONG MAGING FOOLISH (POLICE) CHIEF!!!

Pwe, napakabobo naman ang pagkakaintindi sa batas samantalang napasimple ng konstitutsyon. At pwede ba, wag mo nang pagtakpan ang mga katangahan ng nga pulis. Magaling lang ang pulis sa kotong at mang-harrass!

Ang totoong clear and present danger ngayon ng Pilipinas ay ang mga pulis tulad ni Querol at Lomibao. Ang mga pulis ang numero unong VIOLATOR ng batas, di ba? di ba?

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assumptionista

October 20th, 2005 at 1:31 pm

What I see is a double standard in the implementation of our laws. Why do I say that:
FIRST:
The government & the PNP has been using all their resources just to stop rallies. They are even planning to file a cases againts Guingona and company for violating BP880. They have been zeroing on Jamby because of her bodyguard (Although I feel it is not right to bring guns) and wanted to throw the book at him.

But if you notice they are not using these resources to find GARCI. They also did not yet charge the Policemen seen in videos punching at an old woman and at rallyist.

SECOND:

The AFP has cancelled all benefits of Gen Gudani and held the salary of Col. Balutan pending investigation. But generals who were metioned in the hello Garci tapes were given juicy positions like Army Chief Gen Esperon and Chief of staff Gen. Senga

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koj

October 20th, 2005 at 1:33 pm

to mariatoo and jr_lad,

did u try reading the column or won’t waste ur time doing it…if not, then there’s no point criticizing the writer if you would not like to read/hear what she has to say….instead of rebutting the writer, try rebutting what she said.

as we already heard the marchers’ side as expounded by media for several days, maybe it won’t hurt as a bit if we hear the other side of the story.

then i would wait to enjoy reading your rebuttal (as i enjoy reading the postings here) to her story…

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benign0

October 20th, 2005 at 1:50 pm

Kaya nga I always warn these people.

Think Pinoy, THINK!

Wag lang sayaw nang sayaw.

What are people like former VPs and the lot doing in the streets when they wield vastly greater powers of influence and brokering from the comfort of their offices. What else but to grandstand to the hollow-headed public and show some kind of pretence that they are “with them” in the streets.

What a laugh. All the while hangang-hanga naman diyan ang mga tao who themselves are either rarin’ to hit the streets or sympathise with street mobs.

And check out these “prayer rallies”. Highly politicised is what best describes them. Even Church officers are dancin’ to the tune of the politicians we love to hate.

Pathetic at a macro scale to say the least.

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LadyL

October 20th, 2005 at 2:26 pm

benign0,

You’re right about shedding crocodile tears. We all should shed crocodile tears over what a poor excuse for a human being (and Filipino) you are. All you want to do is be an apologist for the Arroyo administration.

One thing for sure that nobody can deny, in this blog that you share with Gloria Arroyo, is a lack of respect for the Filipino people. Your constant effort to deflect attention away from abuse of government power and government corruption is very evident. You must be a poorly paid lacky or one of her relatives. It’s hard to tell which one.

Your techniques for spreading disinformation, mis-direction, and half-truths are outdated and ineffective nowadays; kindergarten level, to be exact. Your deep rooted insecurities clearly manifest in your writings. Perhaps, it’s high time for you to hit the couch of your therapist.

If you plan to be a real Filipino someday then start practicing now. Try a major “reality – check” if you can stand up to look into the mirror. You’re the one who’s been “dancing to the tune”…dancing to the tune of Gloria, dancing to the tune of government lies and corruption, dancing to the tune of abuse of power, and dancing to the tune of fascist govenment oppression!

Happy reading!

http://www.getrealbenign0.com

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benign0

October 20th, 2005 at 2:35 pm

Tsk tsk Lady L. Again like most typical Pinoys, with you the argument shifts back to whose camp I belong to, GMA or the “righteous” (at the moment) camp.

Is that all Pinoys are good at arguing about. Who’s pro or against GMA? Whatever argument is put forward, the SAME old small-minded response is received. Are you pro or against GMA. No wonder our society is so politicised and, worse, PARALYSED by politics.

And me, not respectful of Pinoys? Ask yourselves who tolerated people living and eating off mounds of garbage for DECADES. You accuse the Government of not respecting The Law? Ask those who have tolerated the presence of squatters on PUBLIC PROPERTY for DECADES.

Now if that isn’t a gross disrespect of human life and the sanctity of The Law at a SOCIETY level, i don’t know what is.

Pathetic in mind, spirit, and form. That’s the PINOY for you.

ha ha! 😀

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indio_lawless

October 20th, 2005 at 2:38 pm

Mr. Beningn0, allow me to comment on your reaction to LadyL, particularly on your opening statement which states :

” Then again, nobody really expressed any similar outrage in the scale that we are calling for people to exhibit today when hundreds of families perished under a mudslide in the Payatas, or when thousands of Pinoy souls met watery graves when overloaded dilapidated interisland ferries sank while plying the archipelago’s shark-infested waters either.”

I beg to disagree specifically with regard to your 2nd allegation on Philippine maritime disasters.

Your sweeping generalization by using the term “ nobody really expressed any similar outrage” belittle, if not undermine, the efforts of persons and groups concerned in seeking justice before a proper forum as well as their travails in infusing change to the already beleaguered maritime industry.

Your use of the term “nobody” is also fallacious, if not outright misleading, or worst indurative. A little research will tell you that there are still survivors and families, who are not only at grief, but still actively seeking for proper remedies.

Generalizations will not work if there is evidence pointing on specifics.

Have you heard about the case of Negros Navigation vs. CA where the ship captain and the shipping company were held liable for gross negligence in the tragic Don Juan-Tacloban collision?

How about the reforms being under taken by the Maritime Industry Authority ( Marina) ? Have you check their site?

the links? A little google will do, Mr. Benign0.

Happy reading J

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benign0

October 20th, 2005 at 2:51 pm

Mr indio lawless,

I think you missed a critical phrase I used. I said that nobody expressed similar outrage “IN THE SCALE THAT WE ARE CALLING PEOPLE TO EXHIBIT TODAY”.

So I stress yet again: NOBODY.

And yes just like there are little people beavering away at making our maritime institutions a bit more reliable and accountable JUST AS there are tireless souls delivering ethical and groundbreaking work in our institutions of justice and administration, the question remains – are their efforts and the results they seek at a PROFILE and degree of FOCUS and INTEREST that is being exhibited today for a perceived injustice that as Mr koj pointed out (referring to Cunanan’s article) is STILL DEBATABLE?

A little Google helps indeedy, dude. But reading my actual post CAREFULLY will get you a bit more mileage in this case. 😉

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indio_lawless

October 20th, 2005 at 3:10 pm

Mr. Benign0 replied:

I think you missed a critical phrase I used. I said that nobody expressed similar outrage “IN THE SCALE THAT WE ARE CALLING PEOPLE TO EXHIBIT TODAY”.
So I stress yet again: NOBODY

My response:

That is your opinion, Sir and for its intents and purposes I purposely omitted, if not deliberately avoided, said phrase as not to argue on what you believe.

In practice, no buffoon will try to argue an opinion even to the Highest Tribunal. Have you ever heard of any opinion, say the opinion of Secretary on Labor on AJ cases, been subjects of certiorari?

But for the sake of argument that you equate mileage with media publicity, then I tell you that you have never been to Bacolod City, Sir.

Your assessments, particularly on maritime disaster, are all based on hearsay.

In this case, to add mileage to your so-called claims, no amount of google will suffice.

You need to get real :)

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Toro

October 20th, 2005 at 3:58 pm

Jr_lad says,
“…precisely toro, all of these assymblies specially the one held last fri were all peaceful. it became violent only when the pnp engage them and started hosing or dispersing them. i cannot imagine former vp guingona, oscar orbos, the nuns & priest and all the other personalities there resorting to violence.”

It’s not accurate to say the PNP engaged the rallysts like they instigated the melee that led to the wet dispersal. Just to straighten out the facts, the rallyists’ agreement with the PNP was to hold a prayer rally at Plaza Miranda, then a religious procession up to San Sebastian. They were advised before hand that they cannot cross the police line where the no-rally zone begins. Orbos and Guingona did not force on but the crowd behind them did and some others on the side tried to sneak through the line, that’s when the cops turned on the hose. Being on the fore front, O & G got the first water blast. My brother was there too.

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jr_lad

October 20th, 2005 at 4:31 pm

but why the force and the water cannon? if they are talking about the no permit? why did they allow yesterday the other groups in going to san beda? the group of O & G have the same purpose also. to attend mass to san beda. and G is saying that there was no negotiation yet when they hosed them. i understand there are some people in the crowd who pushed for it. but was hosing necessary for a small force which is outnumbered by the police as clearly reported by tv news reporters?

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gagay

October 20th, 2005 at 4:52 pm

jr_lad,
you can refer to the previous posts of assumptionista & tongue in, anew regarding BP880.

but instead of giving their side on the implementation of this law, all we hear from injustice secretary gonzales & senator brenda is “buti nga sa inyo!”.

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meriadoc

October 20th, 2005 at 5:02 pm

dito lang pala makikita ang mga taong iniisip ang kapakanan ng Pilipinas! bakit hindi kayo lumabas at ipangalandakan sa buong bansa (o sa buong mundo) ang inyong mga saloobin? malay natin, magising ang ating mga kababayan na, tulad ninyo, ay gusto na ring makaranas ng totoong pagbabago….

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Toro

October 20th, 2005 at 6:08 pm

Jr_lad, crossing the police line was non-negotiable, the rallyists knew that from the start, according to the police. Why hear Mass at San Beda when San Sebastian would do. It was quite obvious I believe San Beda was a ploy and the objective was to test how the police will react with the CPR. True, the Hyatt Ten group was allowed to go to San Beda but I believe being relatively a smaller and behaved group the police probably felt it was easier to manage it than a much bigger crowd with known militant activists participating.

Looking back at hindsight, I think being hosed down was better than being forced back with shields and wooden sticks which could have caused serious injury.

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eyesWIDEopen

October 20th, 2005 at 8:18 pm

BP880 was created by (ironicallY) Marcos to ensure that the police protects the rallyists and not suppress the rights of the rallyist.

BP880 was created by (ironically) Marcos to guaranty that the public assembly can be held in any “public place” and that “includes any highway, boulevard, avenue, road, street, bridge or other thoroughfare, park, plaza, square, and/or any open space of public ownership where the public are allowed access.” Mendiola is one such street.

As for the permit that local governments give so much importance to, Sec. 4 provides that “no permit shall be required if the public assembly shall be held or made in a freedom park … or in a private property … or on the campus of a government-owned and -operated education institution…”

http://news.inq7.net/opinion/index.php?index=2&story_id=53773&col=56

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gagay

October 20th, 2005 at 8:30 pm

thanks for that eyeswideopen.

but looks like manila mayor atienza wanted to contest that law on his own.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=19635

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eyesWIDEopen

October 20th, 2005 at 8:33 pm

Oo nga gagay eh. its really amazing how the then can be right but the now can be full of hypocrisy (as GMA said about the bishops being water cannoned)

Then: “The indispensability of the people’s freedom of speech and of assembly to democracy is now self-evident. The reasons are well put by Emerson: first, freedom of expression is essential as a means of assuring individual fulfillment; second, it is an essential process for advancing knowledge and discovering truth; third, it is essential to provide for participation in decision-making by all members of society; and fourth, it is a method of achieving a more adaptable and hence, a more stable community of maintaining the precarious balance between healthy cleavage and necessary consensus.

“It should be clear even to those with intellectual deficits that when the sovereign people assemble to petition for redress of grievances, all should listen. For in a democracy, it is the people who count; those who are deaf to their grievances are ciphers.” (The Supreme Court ruling en banc on the case of Joseph Estrada vs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, upholding Arroyo’s right to succeed Estrada.)

Now: “No permit, no rally.” (Calibrated Preemptive Response.)

http://news.inq7.net/opinion/index.php?index=2&story_id=53893&col=77

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kapatiran

October 20th, 2005 at 8:47 pm

One here said to another “shut up.”
… and the one who said “shut up” is the one advocating the “freedom of speech”… hahaha…

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kapatiran

October 20th, 2005 at 8:51 pm

To quote Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales:
“We need a little order. A government cannot exist with a climate of anarchy… There’s no such thing as absolute freedom…”

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Toro

October 20th, 2005 at 9:09 pm

EyesWideOpen, you said “BP880 was created by Marcos to ensure that the police protects the rallyists and not suppress the rights of the rallyist”.

What would you say if the police throws you a flying kick in the
chest and gags you with smoke from tear gas at the height of the Mendiola demonstrations in early 70’s? Do I take it from your statement that the police was trying to protect me?

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eyesWIDEopen

October 20th, 2005 at 9:32 pm

BP880 was created by Marcos in 1985. What happened in early 70’s is not part of BP880.

it is indeed ironic that the president in the early 70’s is the same president who made the BP880 in 1985.

BP880 is not my statement. this is a batas pambansa created by Marcos
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BP 880, which the police are citing to justify the dispersal of public rallies was, ironically, issued by the Ferdinand Marcos regime in 1985 to guarantee the right of the people to attend rallies as provided by the Bill of Rights. Imagine that, it was the dictator Marcos, the sponsor of martial law, who passed a law not to curtail public rallies. (But it is the regime of Ate Glue that is repressing the rights of the people guaranteed by the Constitution.)

http://news.inq7.net/opinion/index.php?index=2&story_id=53773&col=56

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eyesWIDEopen

October 20th, 2005 at 9:39 pm

Batas Pambansa Blg. 880

October 22, 1985 An Act Ensuring the Free Exercise by the People of their Right Peaceably to Assemble and Petition the Government for Other Purposes

The Lawphil Project – Arellano Law Foundation
BATAS PAMBANSA BLG. 880
October 22, 1985

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BATAS PAMBANSA BLG. 880

AN ACT ENSURING THE FREE EXERCISE BY THE PEOPLE OF THEIR RIGHT PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE AND PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Section 1. Title – This Act shall be known as “The Public Assembly Act of 1985.”

Section 2. Declaration of policy – The constitutional right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances is essential and vital to the strength and stability of the State. To this end, the State shall ensure the free exercise of such right without prejudice to the rights of others to life, liberty and equal protection of the law.

Section 3. Definition of terms – For purposes of this Act:

(a) “Public assembly” means any rally, demonstration, march, parade, procession or any other form of mass or concerted action held in a public place for the purpose of presenting a lawful cause; or expressing an opinion to the general public on any particular issue; or protesting or influencing any state of affairs whether political, economic or social; or petitioning the government for redress of grievances.

The processions, rallies, parades, demonstrations, public meetings and assemblages for religious purposes shall be governed by local ordinances: Provided, however, That the declaration of policy as provided in Section 2 of this Act shall be faithfully observed.

The definition herein contained shall not include picketing and other concerted action in strike areas by workers and employees resulting from a labor dispute as defined by the Labor Code, its implementing rules and regulations, and by the Batas Pambansa Bilang 227.

(b) “Public place” shall include any highway, boulevard, avenue, road, street, bridge or other thoroughfare, park, plaza, square, and/or any open space of public ownership where the people are allowed access.

(c) “Maximum tolerance” means the highest degree of restraint that the military, police and other peace keeping authorities shall observe during a public assembly or in the dispersal of the same.

(d) “Modification of permit” shall include the change of the place and time of the public assembly, rerouting of the parade or street march, the volume of loud-speakers or sound system and similar changes.

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Toro

October 20th, 2005 at 9:59 pm

Ironic indeed, EyesWide, that he who wanted to protect the rallyists from his attack dogs when he drew up BP880 in ’85 was himself deposed four months later. Thanks pal.

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eyesWIDEopen

October 20th, 2005 at 10:02 pm

No hay nada, toro.

:) and it seems that GMA learned the lessons well. (BP880 caused the downfall of Marcos). Or so it seems.

btw, my father was also imprisoned during martial law.

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assumptionista

October 20th, 2005 at 10:40 pm

Kapatiran I think you forgot to put some of what Bishop Rosales said and I quote:

“For a leader to lead without a vision is treason…”

“[The] airing of grievances against the government must be accepted by those in power because it is part of good governance…”

So please stop quoting parts that are for GMA and taking out those againts her…. nahahalata ka tuloy na tuta ni GMA!

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baycas

October 20th, 2005 at 11:00 pm

by its title itself, the act ENSURES not suppresses…

CPR is nowhere to be found in BP 880…and malacañang is not issuing a “black & white” of the directive, just a press statement…“maingat ano?” will there be a legal implication on a mere press statement? all they will say is that they are just adhering to BP 880 as the implementing rules and regulations for one’s right to peacefully assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances…and CPR is just a term for that implementation???

attypunzi, i think, has take home messages on BP 880 as he blogged in this lecture.

1. The general rule is indeed, “No Permit, No Rally,” in a public place. The exemptions are if it is held in a freedom park established by law or ordinance, on private property (with the owner’s consent, of course), or on government campuses subject to school regulations.

2. THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CANNOT DENY ISSUANCE OF A PERMIT, unless there is CLEAR and CONVINCING EVIDENCE that the public assembly will create a clear and present danger to public order, public safety, public convenience, public morals or public health.

No intelligence reports, please. These cannot be considered evidence. Besides, you know what the joke says: Military/Police intelligence is even lower than human and animal intelligence.

3. If the local government does not act on the application for permit within 2 working days from filing, it is deemed granted. So the rallyists can even present its application for permit and show it was filed two days before.

4. In case of denial of application, the applicant should be immediately informed, so it can resort to judicial remedies.

5. The applicant may contest this decision of the local government, and the decision should be rendered 24 hours after filing.

6. There is also the right to appeal such court decision within 48 hours. This is likewise exempt from the usual appeal bond and fees. Telegraphic appeals (arguably fax and email forms also) followed by the formal appeal shall be allowed.

7. Law enforcement is limited to 100 meters away.

8. Isolated acts or incidents of disorder or breach of peace shall not be grounds for dispersal.

9. The “calibrated response” should be governed by Sections 11 and 12 of this law, any police/military memorandum inconsistent with this is illegal and can be dealt with through its penal provisions.

10. Every city and municipality should have at least one freedom park.

as far as i’m concerned, BP 880 cripples us because it can be interpreted and quoted by anyone just to suit his fancy…just to suit his fancy, “‘di ba kapatid?”

btw, i also once told Australian “you-know-who” (sort of a lord voldemort) to shut up several blogs ago. please, just ignore his posts.

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eyesWIDEopen

October 20th, 2005 at 11:22 pm

i do appreciate Mayor Binay of Makati. He is such a wise mayor. During the two major makati rallies recently, he was able to re-route the vehicular trafic which has prevented grave inconvenience in the part of commuters. I am currently working in Makati and the the two makati rallies (all were done during my regular work days) i was never made late by it because the traffic was wisely re-routed.

mayor Binay has wisely understood section 7 of BP880 which goes:

Section 7. Use of public thoroughfare

– Should the proposed public assembly involve the use, for an appreciable length of time, of any public highway, boulevard, avenue, road or street, the mayor or any official acting in his behalf may, to prevent grave public inconvenience, designate the route thereof which is convenient to the participants or reroute the vehicular traffic to another direction so that there will be no serious or undue interference with the free flow of commerce and trade.

mayor atienza i believe should learn from it.

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tongue in, anew

October 21st, 2005 at 6:46 am

EyesWO, that is the difference between Atienza and Binay. Of course, Binay was a top-notch lawyer prior to joining politics. Atienza, on the other hand, was content with his “creative” interpretations.

What do you expect from a former cultural dancer? Not that I have anything against dancers, but if there’s anything he’s good at, it’s very much external – decorating his city with lights, fountains, street signs and european-style pavement bricks to redirect attention away from the usual pimps and bitches, the hawkers and other smalltime rip-off artists who are in abundance in his own business district in Quiapo/Avenida.

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Toro

October 21st, 2005 at 7:46 am

EyesWide, indeed, GMA learned her lessons only too well. Not just from the BP880, but from the experiences of Edsa 1 and 2, and Erap loyalists’ aborted invasion of Malacanang which others refer to as Edsa 3. For me, that sick episode does not merit the revered name of Edsa and I refuse to call it such. It was not a battle for democracy, but a failed attempt to restore profligacy in Malacanang.

So, it’s not surprising that GMA has prevailed on. She has learned enough from the mistakes of her predecessors that led to Edsa 1, 2 and that sick episode, and she will make sure she will not commit the same mistakes. Looks like we’re in for the long haul, EyesWide. Hope your Dad came out ok too as I did. Cheers.

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zigen

October 21st, 2005 at 11:57 am

simple lng naman ang nagiging problema nating lahat eh…. simpleng simple! if you want to solve the problem you must get to the roots of it… bakit ba nagkakagulo ang bansa natin? bakit ba nagkakaroon ng pagkakahati hati? bakit ba nagkakaroon ng mga rally? bakit ba nagkaroon ng CPR? just simple questions that will lead you to the root of the problem…. and knowing the root, what should we do? kahit siguro grade 1 tanungin nyo…. to solve a problem kelangan tanggalin ang pinakaugat at pinagmumulan ng problema! simple!

Truth will set us all free!

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benign0

October 21st, 2005 at 12:10 pm

And the root cause of why the Philippines languishes in utter dysfunction is simple: We have a DYSFUNCTIONAL culture that is INCOMPATIBLE with the world order that defines NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT.

I make a simple presentation that intuitively describes what seems to be a notion that cannot be fathomed by the Pinoy mind.

Check it out here:
http://www.getrealphilippines.com/tour/slide01.html

Happy viewing! 😀

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koj

October 21st, 2005 at 12:29 pm

zigen, i have a different take on that….

para sa akin, di wag mong problemahin or don’t make it your problem!

to some, things like this (what’s happening in pinas), instead of looking it as a problem, they treat it as a temporary obstacle that they can overcome by 1. fighting it; 2. going around it; 3. ignore it; etc…if alternative 1 doesn’t succeed, proceed with next best alternative, but don’t make that obstacle stop you, from doing what you want to do in your life.

filipinos are already free, so much that it hinders our growth…

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tambuli

October 21st, 2005 at 1:10 pm

why do we have to attack the so called lack of culture or dysfunctional culture of the filipino people, i think that is not the people but the leaders that can make or break a nation. sad to say, our present leadership cannot provide that.

a highly motivated leader can move the people to work and act for the country’s good

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koj

October 21st, 2005 at 1:33 pm

we certainly do not need motivation to do good things for our country!

to do good whether for your own self or for the country, as long as its legal, is everyone’s responsibility. collectively, if everyone will do his share this country would be moving forward. Even if what he is doing is only aim of improving oneself.

A good visionaly leader perhaps would help, but certainly not needed.

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zigen

October 21st, 2005 at 1:55 pm

koj,

i think you are missing the point here….. but i respect your views. but for me there is only 1 solution to every problem… that is to face it! kahit na ano pang sabihin mo or tawagin mo sa problema… its either temporary obstacle or challenges in life…. it remains a fact that it is a problem that needs to be solve. the first reaction kapag nagkakaproblema ang tao is to deny it… and i can not argue with you there. maybe nasa stage ka pa ng denial so you keep on denying that the country is facing a big problem right now… and kung let me quote you on this….

koj: para sa akin, di wag mong problemahin or don’t make it your problem!

here’s my answer: i simply cannot… hindi ko kayang hindi problemahin because naapektuhan ako, pamilya ko, mga kapatid ko, my fellow countrymen at mga kabataan who are the future of this country. as a responsible citizen, i am obligated to search for the truth. knowing the truth would not hurt anybody…. by knowing it we could make a better and sound judgement of the present turmoil.

koj: filipinos are already free, so much that it hinders our growth…

zigen: if your meaning of free is freedom, i think you are missing the point. what it meant there is free from problems such as what we are experiencing right now….., that the rallyists is free from being harmed and harrased by the police, that police are free from rally and the temptation to harm a fellow countrymen and etc… etc…. i encourage you to reflect on what i have said and dig deeper in your heart, try to open up your mind to the opinions of other… and think! if there is hatred in your heart because the rallyists are causing too much traffic, and naaabala ka ng husto kaya mo nasasabi ang mga sinasabi mo… then try not to be selfish! isipin mo rin yung mga libo libong mga nagrarally na wala naman hangad kunde ang hanapin ang katotohanan para sa kinabukasan ng ating bansa…. thanks!

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benign0

October 21st, 2005 at 2:00 pm

tambuli said,
October 21, 2005 @ 1:10 pm
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i think that [it] is not the people but the leaders that can make or break a nation.
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I think this is precisely the kind of attitude that either (1) makes leaders fail to deliver and/or (2) corrupts said leaders.

An over-reliance on leadership to ACHIEVE gives PEOPLE a perennial excuse to sit on their asses and nitpick on their leaders. As long as there is always a SCAPEGOAT to blame failure on, then people will always be sitting around looking up to the sky with their mouths open.

The success of a country is a COLLECTIVE effort. Leaders merely reflect the people who follow them. Corrupt leaders merely reflect a people who are tolerant of corruption. Cheatin’/thievin’ leaders merely reflect a people who tolerate cheating and thieving (recall that we elected a blatant cheater, thief a few years back).

And this is true specially in a form of government where the people select their leaders and their REPRESENTATIVES in the legislature.

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tambuli

October 21st, 2005 at 4:59 pm

i beg to disagree mr benigno, although i feel that there is some truth to your views, i still believe that there is a lot of hope for the people, as you can see here in this blog, lots of ideas are being offered. rather than just sit down and wait for things to happen, people are actually doing something.

why cant we be optimistic, why harp on our shortcomings? do we not have anything better to offer?? ive accepted long ago that as a race, we do have a lot of flaws that seems to hinder our development, but we cannot stop at that, we have to do something, educate the people, show them whats good about the race and improve on it.

just look at our neighbors in southeast asia (malaysia – closely related to filipinos as a race), they’ve made headways in their economy, culture and governance, why? because they are fortunate to have visionary leaders like mahathir and lee kwan yu, its still a question of leadership. a leader with vision can provide motivation to a people.

benigno – “The success of a country is a COLLECTIVE effort”
— i agree that it is a collective effort, thats why there is a need for the people to participate not only in elections but in other aspect of governance as well.

“Leaders merely reflect the people who follow them. Corrupt leaders merely reflect a people who are tolerant of corruption. Cheatin’/thievin’ leaders merely reflect a people who tolerate cheating and thieving (recall that we elected a blatant cheater, thief a few years back”
—– i will have to disagree with that, it is not natural for a people to tolerate corruption, cheating, thievery and lying, sometimes, these corrupt leaders were foisted upon the people, not the other way around, the people then have the right to remove them.

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emer

October 21st, 2005 at 5:43 pm

kapal ng mukha ni querol nanggagalaiti sa galit dahil may naumbag na babaeng pulis, e baket kapag ang pulis ang kumakaladkad sa mga nagrarally na mga babae at minamanyak pa ng pulis wala syang masabi!!! letse sya puro sila mga walanghiya ..kapal ng mga pagmumukha…panay posing pa sa camera… andun kasama si gloria..pumunta pa sa mendiola.. baket di sya pumunta ng nandun pa mga nagrarally kapal ng mulkha nya… sayang sana nabugbug din sya ng mga nagrarally at isa pa si atienza pumapel na naman… hoy atienza di mo nabili ang maynila… sama kayo ng syota mong si gloria…mga hayup kayo!!!! makakarma din kayo..alalahanin mo last term mo na at sino ang patatakbuhin mo si kim, pwe!!! e talo nga nung last election sa distrito nya at sino si miles roces na kung hinde pa nadisqualified si angpin di naman makakaupo yan… mga gago!!!!

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benign0

October 21st, 2005 at 6:50 pm

tambuli,

You are right. There is hope. But this hope needs to be CONCRETELY SUBSTANTIATED. Insanity is expecting DIFFERENT results while doing the SAME thing. A lot of Pinoys urge everyone to have “hope” but cannot substantiate exactly what this hope will be based on.

However, we do have to harp on our shortcomings, because that is precisely where said hope for progress lies — by addressing the inherent weaknesses of the very fabric of our society — our culture. When we eliminate the traits and properties of our culture that hinder our development, then there WILL be hope.

But before we can eliminate these traits/properties, we need to RECOGNISE them. And as you can see from the way people react to these simple truths, you can gather that even the first step of RECOGNISING them is already a monumental challenge.

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tambuli

October 21st, 2005 at 8:38 pm

i do believe that a lot of people are beginning to recognize that, i for one already accepted that and i try to impart some bit of “wisdom” to people i know.

but the people cannot do it alone, we need good leadership, its a give and take relationship, a true representative democracy wherein the people are active participants in governance.

i dont see that happening now, what i see is a leader who’s main purpose is simply to enrich herself and her family, to perpetuate her rule and hold in philippine politics, we’ve seen that happened before and how destrutive its effects were.

together with changing oursevles from within, we should also change our leaders to reflect what the true sentiments of the people really are.

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koj

October 21st, 2005 at 8:40 pm

to zigen,

thanks for your thoughts and i respect it.

I’m simply not on denial stage. even without the the garci tape i already believe that arroyo cheated her way…that’s with the same belief that the opposition also did, as phil elections are always are. I acknowledge we have a problem in that aspect which is so deep-rooted we cannot solve unless we’ll have a computerized election and people from remote barangays can freely cast their votes without fear from gun-toting arms of the politicians’ men, not necessarily from our armed forces.

However, contrary to some, I don’t like to pin my hopes and certainly my dreams to the politicians ruling this country. This is by assuming that our leaders, in our present crop of politicians, would only do this certain level of performance. I set the bar low for that. So in short, it would be a bonus if they would succeed, but they won’t drag me down if they dont.

In your clarificatory post, you said:

zigen: if your meaning of free is freedom, i think you are missing the point. what it meant there is free from problems such as what we are experiencing right now.
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Well sir, if that is your take, then filipinos would never be free at all. So as other mortals in the world as there are always problems coming our way.

What I meant for being free is that we can do almost anything we want to do (work, leisure, religion, etc..). Marchers might be prevented from doing their thing in certain places but it’s not the only venue they have and certainly not their only alternative to air their views. Media is always available for that. I can comprehend their (marchers) insistence, because the ‘mystique’ in marching is when you feel repressed when you are barred to proceed. They find it wanting (in effect) if they just do their programs in designated places…keylangan talaga mag martsa at harangin ng mga pulis para ma feel na api…To that I respect them.

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mariatoo

October 21st, 2005 at 9:23 pm

a wrong and immoral act should always be opposed or countered even in a small way. tolerating it would legitmize said act especially if that act is being done by a person that can be seen or is being watched by a host of people. example: a teacher tolerates rampant cheating, the students think it’s ok.

further we cannot make pockets of “goodness” and “righteousness” work when the person to whom we all look to to implement the laws gives the example that (1) you can cheat and not be punished (2) let your boyfriend go unpunished for a mulitmillion dollar bribery case (3) your husband, son, bro-in-law and other family members can run roughshod the laws of the land etce etc etc. you just cannot give that kind of example and expect people to be law-abiding citizens as well as moral and upright. what’s a little bribery of a traffic enforcer e kung yung presidente mo nga congressmen ang bina-bribe? we cannot ignore the “modeling” effects of an immoral and for that matter, moral, leadership.

plus, how will we ever get to correct the wrongs of this society when we dont even take note of the symptoms. di mawawala ang pimple kungdi mo tatangalin yung head but you have to get the pus out first. gma is the pus.

we cannot have a corrupt president and pretend that we can develop/improve our country.

changing leaders will not completely cure us of our collective ills, sure. but if we are to become better citizens and better persons, we should not let such a blatant attack on our laws and morals go unpunished. if we ourselves ignore our own mores and sense of justice then we have betrayed our own country as well as our own humanity.

i admire the protesters. more power to them. reaching mendiola is the right of everyone. mas lalo nilang pinagkakait sa mga rallyista mas lalo lang tumitindi ang determinasyon ng mga tao na matuntong ito.

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kapatiran

October 21st, 2005 at 11:14 pm

Mendiola?!?
The price of it all? Really?
Why is that when the “protesters” were water “cannonized” there was a howl here? Human rights violations, you said. But when the “protesters” hit the police with everything they have, it was justified?
I see double-standard here! And it really leaves a bad taste in the mouth!

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kapatiran

October 21st, 2005 at 11:21 pm

To Assumptionista (the fake),
Yes the good Archbishop said that… “for a leader to lead without a vision is treason”… but did he tell you that the “leader” he meant was GMA?
You’re putting words in the Archbishop’s mouth!
I think the Archbishop’s entire statement was meant to serve as guiding light not to criticize anyone.
Tsk tsk… the things people would do to advance their selfish political interests… grabe!

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kapatiran

October 21st, 2005 at 11:27 pm

And please Assumptionista (the fake) don’t ever say that the Archbishop issued statements or part of it favorable to anybody.

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kapatiran

October 21st, 2005 at 11:29 pm

To those against the CPR,
Please go to the Supreme Court!
That’s the proper thing to do instead of merely criticizing here and doing nothing more.

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baycas

October 22nd, 2005 at 12:32 am

this blog is about FLAG’s petition to SC challenging NP,NR policy under BP 880 and CPR.

incidentally…

mayor said (in blog #434),
October 21, 2005 @ 12:21 am

kapatiran,
here are the names of those who were admitted at PGH on 21 October 1985, specifically those with bullet wounds:
1. alma claire favila ( http://www.iluko.com/ilocanodirectory.asp?LastInitial=F )
2. philip javonillo ( http://www.iluko.com/ilocanodirectory.asp?LastInitial=J )
3. roland b. ladera ( http://www.iluko.com/ilocanodirectory.asp?LastInitial=L )

…care to ID yourself from among the three, kapatid?

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tambuli

October 22nd, 2005 at 10:42 am

that gestapo querol should stop issuing statements, he is only fanning the flames of hatred against the establishment, wala siyang karapatang sabihan na ang mga taong galing sa kanayunan ay mga mararahas at komunista, in the first place, does he really know what communism is all about? russia, cuba and china are not communist countries, they are dictatorships in the guise of communism, as an economic ideology, communism will be impossible to achieve, it will remain an utopia.

calling on general querol, remember that you are under the employment of the people, you duty first and foremost is to protect the people regardless of their politics and idealogy. you should be neutral. honestly, do you really think that a rally in mediola will destabilize the arroyo administration?? if thats the case, then that goes to show how weak the foundations of the arroyo administration is. that “strong republic” crap.

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tambuli

October 22nd, 2005 at 10:45 am

correcttion:russia, cuba and china are not communist countries, they are dictatorships in the guise of communism, as an economic ideology, communism will be impossible to achieve, it will remain an utopia.
its not russia but the former Soviet Union

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jr_lad

October 22nd, 2005 at 8:18 pm

koj,

sorry for the late response but i just read the column of bel cunanan para naman mapagbigyan ka. and as you’ve said, you’re waiting for our rebuttals. i feel that there’s no need to argue further on her other side of the story. it’s very clear, it was vidal querol’s or the police’s story as she had mentioned on several occasions on her column. just read Kablog’s & other’s posts about querol and you’ll know my view about the man. between querol and orbos, i would readily believe the latter. cunanan even is short of critizing the media (of which she’s a part of) of reporting a lot of disinformation and misinformation regarding the incident.

still i can’t resist to raise some points. she alledgely wrote that it was not a prayer rally anymore and that there is no religious group present during the march to mendiola. no body is collaborating her story from the media except the police. she further said that some personalities were overheard inviting the nuns after the san sebastian procession to proceed to the don chino roces bridge but the latter declined. so, where did she get her info again? she was not there as what mariatoo has commented. certainly not from the media since nobody has reported it. will the rallyist provide her with this information? i don’t think so (why would they incriminate themselves?). it still has to be querol (from the not so intelligent intelligence?).
what i only know is that bishop labayen was not marching w/ the others because he cannot do it anymore due to his delicate age (he was in a van as reported). the other bishops, i don’t know their whereabouts but their comments were reported as well in the tv news denouncing the violent dispersal. it’s bel cunanan who is twisting the story that it was only fr. reyes who was present during the hosing down while all the religious group already went home. i would rather believe the one i saw and heard in the news.

so much of that, i only know one fact about bel cunanan, angie reyes (as what she pondly calls him) is a very good friend of her and her husband. used to praise the guy on her columns as a true officer and a gentleman even during erap’s time when she is still a critic of the administration. and we all know what is the position of angie reyes now.

used to read the columns of cunanan but now it turns me off just reading her first few lines. there’s no quest for truth and justice anymore. just proddings for the country to move on. change of heart? i call it total makeover. comes with time i guess. just like kapartiran este kapatiran.

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jr_lad

October 22nd, 2005 at 10:09 pm

kapatiran said,
October 21, 2005 @ 11:29 pm

To those against the CPR,
Please go to the Supreme Court!
That’s the proper thing to do instead of merely criticizing here and doing nothing more.

baycas said,
October 22, 2005 @ 12:32 am

this blog is about FLAG’s petition to SC challenging NP,NR policy under BP 880 and CPR.

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so kapatiran (the fake activist), too mad to read the blog huh? lapit ka ng matalo mukhang inis ka na eh. :)

talking about human rights violations, during your time (now, let’s just presume you were a real activist) when you were tear gassed, water cannoned, hit by police and shot at, did you not cry human rights violation too? who was the provocators then, the activists or the police/metrocom?
you talk about mulotov bombs and pillbox to be used in the future by rallyist. hello, are these not rampant during your time? your actions(?) before was justified while now it’s economic sabotage or destabilization, right. tell that to the marines. enough of that double standard talks. and oh, yes, your logic really leaves bad taste in our mouth.

anyway, who are you among the three names mentioned? not alma claire favila, give me a break!.

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koj

October 22nd, 2005 at 10:28 pm

to jr_lad,

I appreciate your indulgence and respect your take. I observed that Ms. Cunanan’s writing are leaning toward the admin that’s why someone refuting her statements is a welcome idea.

I observed however that the ‘cannonization’ issue has since mellowed if not died down or because charges were already filed by both sides. I also haven’t seen Ms. Cunanan’s statements refuted in print by the marches participants because either they are ignoring her or could not disprove it. Media on the other hand has since moved to issues covering the rally last 21 October.

Another PDI columnist, Ms. Monsod offers a fairer view (my opinion) on the issue. Her previous write-ups I observed are both pro-admin or anti-admin depending on the issue at hand. Her closeness to Oca Orbos, her colleague, should provide her with privy information.

For those interested here is what she has to say:

http://news.inq7.net/opinion/index.php?index=2&story_id=54109&col=62

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schumey

October 23rd, 2005 at 5:12 am

Monsod forgot to mention the most important fact, the provisions of BP880. National law far outweighs any local law. No mayor, not even Atienza can declare and area a “No Rally” zone. I suggest that Monsod do her assignment first before blasting away.

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schumey

October 23rd, 2005 at 5:37 am

I saw the footage of the so-called gun-wielding scene. I never saw the man wielding a gun, what I saw was the man picking up a gun. The water blast came first, I saw the man stumble afterwhich he picked up the gun. So Querol was clearing twisting the facts. I caught his interview on tv several times.

1.He explicitly stated that the reason why they used the cannon was to separate the rallyist from the police. What was so clear was the cannon was trained on the rallyists, the police getting “wet” was just incidental.

2. He also said that the police were being attacked. What I saw was Orbos talking with a policeman when they were suddenly blasted with water.

3. A few days later, Querol said that they had to use the cannon because a man was wielding a gun. Again, another lie. The man’s gun was deholstered when he fell from the force of the water. It was very clear in the video, the police video that is.

So Cunanan and Monsod clearly had holes in their comments if indeed they stuck to the facts. Querol is clearly lying through his teeth. Either the ground commander panicked or there were really orders from the higher-ups.

CPR is not preemtive but prejudging. That is what it is.

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koj

October 23rd, 2005 at 6:38 am

hi schumey, interesting comment you have.

so how’s your take regarding Monsod’s conclusion that none of bishops nor the nuns get wet (exception of fr. reyes she said, who is not a bishop)? just want to hear your view (about this) because after all the banner story/word is cannonized which is attached to the religious.

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schumey

October 23rd, 2005 at 6:42 am

Hi koj, they may or may not be there. Based on police statements, they escorted the nuns to Paco. Regardless, Monsod should read the provisions of BP880 before she makes any conclusions.

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assumptionista

October 23rd, 2005 at 7:25 am

*************
Kapatiran said:
“Tsk tsk… the things people would do to advance their selfish political interests… grabe!”
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mapikon talo……….Mukhang lahat ng tao sa blog na ito inaaway mo na ha……..!

People in this blog are the best judge to who really has a “selfish political interest”, I rest my case……

Why is it that some people are still branding people who wants GMA to resign as Communist, destabilizers and have “selfish” political interest.

So it means ba na yung 60-80% na pinoy dissatisfied sa kanya ay destabilizers din ?

We live in a democracy…. and in a democracy people have the right to ask questions, right to free assembly and rights to ask our leaders for accountability. If there are still people who still do not understand these well you are the real communist and destabilzers….

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jr_lad

October 23rd, 2005 at 9:34 pm

kapatiran said,
October 20, 2005 @ 8:51 pm

To quote Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales:

[First statement]: “We need a little order. A government cannot exist with a climate of anarchy… There’s no such thing as absolute freedom…”

kapatiran’s interpretation: this message is for the rallyist and those anti-gma groups.

[Second Statement of Archbishop Rosales]: “For a leader to lead without a vision is treason…”
“The airing of grievances against the government must be accepted by those in power because it is part of good governance…”

kapatiran’s interpretation: this message is not intended for gma but for future leaders as a guide.

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there you go again for the nth time with your contradicting statements. you know, you’re like a patient who had just been diagnosed with cancer and only have a few months to live. you are constantly on denial! mas grabe!

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mariatoo

October 23rd, 2005 at 9:56 pm

nobody refutes bel cunanan because nobody reads her/takes her seriously anymore. she’s a kiss-ass of the first water. monsod, “the utal” is detached from reality and is oftentimes not logical. surprising really for an economist. sablay ang premises kaya sablay ang conclusions.

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mariatoo

October 23rd, 2005 at 10:00 pm

the fact is there was no clear and present danger to warrant the use of extraordinary means (water cannon) to disperse the rally.

after the fact na lang nagkakandarapa yung mga police na maghanap ng may baril sa rally para ma justify yung aksyon nila. we have an incompetent and trigger happy police force and for that we should be all scared.

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koj

October 23rd, 2005 at 10:34 pm

mariatoo said,
October 23, 2005 @ 9:56 pm

nobody refutes bel cunanan because nobody reads her/takes her seriously anymore. she’s a kiss-ass of the first water. monsod, “the utal” is detached from reality and is oftentimes not logical. surprising really for an economist. sablay ang premises kaya sablay ang conclusions.
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mariatoo, there you go again, attacking the writer and not the write-ups. and i thought, we are accusing GMA’s lackeys for character assasinations instead of facing the issues (incidentally, i believe they are as political defense).

was Monsod utal this time or illogical? I’m no big fan of hers but I do read her pieces sometimes, and yes, I disagree to some of her contentions. Not in this piece though and I tend to agree with most of her statements.

i must agree with jr_lad about his contentions of the ‘no rally zone’ and I hope somebody would question this in the court or for the court to decide if somebody already did.

the gun, after the fact? oh yeah, because it’s okay to bring it, as long as nobody sees it! logical.

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zigen

October 24th, 2005 at 1:08 pm

kapatiran said,
October 21, 2005 @ 11:21 pm

To Assumptionista (the fake),

kapatiran said,
October 21, 2005 @ 11:27 pm

And please Assumptionista (the fake)

just a question kapatiran: its so annoying that hindi ko mapigilan ang sarili ko to react eh. what does being a true or a fake assumptionista have to do with the issue?

i think you are hitting below the belt! you are judging people base on what? what could you accomplish by telling assumptionista that she is a fake? can you pls tell me 1 good reason…. you are so lame kapatiran!

DONT DO THE OTHERS WHAT YOU DONT WANT OTHERS TO DO UNTO YOU…

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assumptionista

October 24th, 2005 at 1:22 pm

thank you zigen….

I still believe in miracles…. God in his on time will enlighten people like GMA and Kapatiran…….

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tongue in, anew

October 25th, 2005 at 3:41 am

Matatawa ba ako o maaawa kay Kakitiran, este, Kapatiran?

Naaawa dahil para siyang infiltrator dito sa blog na ginulpi ng raliyista. Expect that to happen kung babastusin ay ang mga babae. Ang dami pa namang tagapagtanggol ni Assumptionista.

Natatawa dahil hindi niya maamin na nagpanggap lang siyang one of three shooting victims. Hindi siya maka-identify sa mga inilista ni Baycas (Ang lupit mo Baycas! Ikaw ba ang may-ari ng Google? hehehe) kasi pag nagkamali siya lalo siyang masisira sa blog na ito.

Time to bury the nom de plume?

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zigen

October 25th, 2005 at 10:23 am

you are welcome assumptionista! hindi ko lng mapigilan magreact kasi sa paningin ko hindi ata tama yun ginagawa nya… i guess this goes for everybody too… if we want to debate on something lets debate on the issue not on personalities, sa tagalog eh, walang personalan…. lets respect each other! wag tayo maging tulad ni gloria na ang gusto lng pakinggan ay ang mga salitang pabor sa knya at kapag ang sinasabi mo ay hindi pabor sa kanya…. tatakutin, ipapakulong, pupukpukin, ico-court martial, tatanggalin sa pwesto, babasa-in, babastusin (sexual harassment) and etc etc… thanks!

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Timtim2

October 25th, 2005 at 8:09 pm

someone from the legislators should have the guts to put into law specific areas for rallies to be held then if they are too meticulous with details in black and white. they don’t run out with excuses/complains. as if they’re the only ones complaining.

some establishments, schools and even brgy. leaders are complaining. their businesses are always affected, some students missed their classes and the poor brgy. tanods are always the ones to pick up the rallyists’ mess.

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Atty. Erwin Fabriga

October 29th, 2005 at 1:02 am

Cigarette smokers must be all smiles nowadays. Smoking no longer holds the distinction of being the leading cause of cancer among Filipinos. Its no. 1 status has been overtaken in just a matter of months by a virus called G.M.A. (short for government of Mrs. Arroyo). This virus has become so lethal that many people, like congressmen and some members of the clergy, have been infected with this disease. Its symptoms, among others, consist of cheating, lying, stealing, condonation, concealment, repression and suppression. According to recent surveys, almost eighty percent of the populace has become restless because it looks like the virus will not go away by itself. Scientists from all over the country are trying their best to develop several vaccines that include the constitutional succession of the vice-president, a transition council, a military junta and snap elections. In the meantime, in order to caution the public of its menace, manufacturers deemed it wise to repackage their cigarettes with this new inscription: “CIGARETTE WARNING: G.M.A. IS DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH”.

More and more people literally get sick every time they see Gloria on TV — nausea, high blood pressure, pneumonia, LBM — just to name a few. Even in the middle of a tear-jerking soap opera or spellbinding telefantasya, they can’t seem to avoid her with all these “flash” reports showing Gloria trying to paint a rosy picture of her government. Well, it’s not that they don’t like the contours of her face or the way she puts on her make-up. It’s not even her height. The reason is quite obvious. It’s because every time she shows a brave face on television, they are reminded of how their votes were desecrated during the last presidential elections. Every time she labels her critics as coup plotters, they vividly recall that she once conspired with generals in toppling a duly elected president. And every time she declares about respect for the rule of law, they remember her numerous telephone calls to Garci to ensure her victory over FPJ which, I am sorry to say, is not a mere lapse in judgment.

To make matters worse, the implementation of the CPR has left scores of people injured and harassed by policemen who have not read nor understood the provisions of BP 880. As expected, the government tried to rationalize the hosing down of the hapless protesters by saying that they had it coming. I beg to disagree. Section 10(c) of the same law specifically prohibits the use of water cannons unless the assembly is attended by actual or serious threats of violence or deliberate destruction of property. The video footage showed that there was yet no actual or serious threat of violence when the marchers were “cannonized”, not to mention the fact that the policemen considerably outnumbered the rallyists. Other less confrontational means could have been resorted to but the usual trigger happy policemen were just too eager to order the unthinkable. Gen. Querol should stop justifying his men’s actions because what happened in Mendiola was a simple case of overkill by an insecure government.

Gloria is dead wrong if she thinks her dictatorial policies could silence rising calls for her ouster. Of course, with the aid of her loyal generals and opportunistic congressmen, she may survive for another day. But with the question of legitimacy hanging over her head, it would be virtually impossible for her to finish her term unless she employs repressive measures similar to what Marcos did during his 20-year rule. History, however, frowns upon tyrants. No amount of CPR can stop the people from exercising their freedom to assemble as guaranteed by the Constitution. No amount of EO 464 or EO 454 can defeat the people’s right to know the truth about the various scandals rocking her administration. And no amount of joint statements by so-called religious leaders could avert a looming end to a presidency that never was.

We must find a cure for this virus before the infection becomes widespread and uncontrollable.

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baycas

October 29th, 2005 at 2:25 am

duque, on bird flu, says it’s not a question of “if” but “when” it will come…

duke, i beg to disagree, the duck in the palace had the corruption (G1M2) virus since day 1 and is still harboring it now “epidemically” involving the whole Philippine government. the affliction the palace boys and girls are trying to hide with their CPR and EOs. time will tell “when” it will mutate and “pandemically” involve the whole Philippine nation…

duque, allowing a “reportable” case go unnoticed should be answerable to this. imagine, we’ve already “exiled” the virus in the US of A and likewise “exported” it elsewhere under subclasses “garcillano” and “bolante.”

dupe, that’s what the man at DOH did to us!

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Cool&Easy

November 2nd, 2005 at 2:16 pm

All problems [political, economic, cultural] problems we are facing since the day this republic was born are due to the defect inherent in the system we love to call Democracy where everybody can vote including morons, ignorants… and everybody can run for office including again morons, or people who have no vision whatsoever for as long as they can buy votes from moronic voters! Same people who voted GMA first as senator based solely on name recall Macapagal being our past president.

“Pure Democracy can’t take the intelligence of its electors into account; which means that the voice of an Einstein is given no greater weight than that of an Idiot, and since we have far more Idiots than there are Einteins, we are virtually under a dictatorship of Idiocy.”

“Geniocracy, on the other hand, uses selective democracy to place in power those whose inteeligence is above average, rather than appointing those who studied a lot in flashy schools, as is the case at present. Geniuses can be found just as much among the working or peasant class as they can among the educated. It is these natural geniuses that should take the destiny of humanity in hand before it is too late.”

“Isn’t it the most natural of things to wish that the world be governed by people with above average intelligence?”

“We must replace leadership by knowledge with leadership by genius. None of our great academic institutions create geniuses; all they produce are well-polished memories. Common sense and intelligence have nothing to do with whether one has been to school or not.”

“Into every generation are born inventors who, each time, are used by those in power to put humanity into danger. And each time these betrayed and exploited inventors lament to see their inventions used to kill innocent people.”

“Everyone has had their chance to govern humanity, from muscle-bound brutes, to the hoarders of riches, and possessors of knowledge [both politician and military], but all have failed miserably. The ones who have not yet been given a chance to show what they can do are the ones who have truly helped humanity progress, and that is the Geniuses. It is time to give them their chance.” – Geniocracy, http://www.rael.org

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Panganiban named new chief justice

December 21st, 2005 at 7:11 pm

[…] Colmenares said Panganiban should inhibit himself from all cases involving the President. These cases include the Calibrated Pre-emptive Response Policy and Executive Order 464, which bars government officials from testifying in congressional inquiries without permission from the Palace. […]

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» Blog Archive » Why Arroyo is one of the worst enemies of freedom

January 25th, 2006 at 9:36 am

[…] Because of her pathological desire to survive politically, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has turned out to be one of the worst enemies of freedom this part of the world. She not only thwarted the constitutional process that would have put to rest questions about the legitimacy of her mandate as president – she has also attempted to stifle dissent. She labels her critics terrorists and encourages the continued killing of political activists and critics by being silent about their murders and rewarding those accused of carrying out these murders. […]

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baycas

April 5th, 2006 at 9:52 pm

During interpellation by SC justices, Justice Adolfo Azcuna cited a foreign research on mob behavior that showed a mob generally tends to “grow” and is generally “destructive.”

why equate rally to a mob? because of may 1 in 2001?

Justices Antonio Carpio and Leonardo Quisumbing, on the other hand, compared rallies made in public places with protest actions in places with limited access.

Justice Carpio made an unlikely scenario of a rally being held in his office, while Justice Quisumbing justified the SC’s ban on rallies within 200 meters of Supreme Court grounds.

i didn’t get the comparison. i got leonardo–rallies near the SC tend to distract their trains of thoughts, esp. when crucial but long-awaited decisions have to be made.

Quisumbing also noted the right of the government to defend itself against rallies that call for its destruction.

i see leonardo’s point–the toppled regimes didn’t invoke their rights to defend themselves when they just implemented maximum tolerance embodied in bp 880. may tawag sa kanila, di ba?

http://www.mb.com.ph/MAIN2006040560653.html

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baycas

April 6th, 2006 at 8:40 am

cpr is out of place in our society

The gag order was “out of place in our society,” Panganiban said during the oral argument Tuesday on the petition of militant groups to declare as unconstitutional the CPR and the Public Assembly Act.

“On CPR, the concept is vague and has been used and abused to suppress rallies,” he said.

“You wouldn’t mind if this court strikes it down in the vocabulary of the court… CPR is not in the wordings of the law,” Panganiban told Solicitor-General Eduardo Nachura.

Nachura agreed, saying the CPR was merely a “catch phrase” coined by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita to avoid misinterpretation from the phrase “maximum tolerance.”

The justices also asked Nachura on why government requires a rally permit when the right to peaceful assembly is enshrined in the Constitution.

http://news.inq7.net/breaking/index.php?index=1&story_id=71651

…i have no high hopes, though. bilangan din ng boto yan sa supreme court, e! gloria’s hand in the ruling may still prevail…

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » CPR policy ‘unconstitutional’ — SC

April 25th, 2006 at 5:47 pm

[…] The petitioners had asked the Court to rule on the constitutionality of BP 880, pointing to specific provisions in the law which they said were unconstitutional. […]

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