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SC Justice Marvic Leonen cites People vs. Posadas during LIVE Supreme Court Interpellation.

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Here is what Amnesty International documented about the arrest of Dr. Roger Posadas and his wife Linda Santiago Posadas. I quote:

“Dr Roger POSADAS: a recent example of arrest and detention.

Arrested 12 January 1976, and was taken with his wife and three-year old son to a “safe house” for “tactical interrogation”. Amnesty International was informed that Dr Posadas was subjected to fist blows, kicks and struck with a pistol during interrogation for a period of one week. He was then kept incommunicado in the “safe house” for more than two months before transfer to a detention center.

His wife Linda Santiago Posadas was stripped and was reported to have been held for six hours with her three-year old son in an especially cold air-conditioned room. Mrs Posadas, aged 28, was granted “temporary release” on 20 June 1976 after more than five months’ detention without trial.”

Amnesty wrote that Dr. Posadas, a well-known physicist specializing in general relativity theory, was regarded by the authorities as a subversive. The report did not say whether Linda Santiago was one too.

The argument of the Marcoses and their supporters today is that they all had it coming because they were subversives and were trying to overthrow the government.

What I found out was that – yes, many of those tortured were rebels.

But did they have it coming?

No, because Marcos himself went out of his way to make the Philippines co-sponsor a landmark resolution before the United Nations General Assembly on December 9, 1975. The Resolution was called the “Declaration on the Protection of all Persons from Being subjected to Torture and other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.” [NOTE: You can read the Resolution yourself by clicking here.]

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“Pupunitin ko yan” (referring to order of Supreme Court) – Hon. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday warned of a constitutional crisis as he vowed that Congress would disregard any ruling from the Supreme Court compelling it to convene to review President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration in Mindanao.

Speaking to reporters, Alvarez emphasized that the House of Representatives and the Senate would not heed the SC on this issue.

“Wala silang karapatan para diktahan ang Kongreso kung anong dapat naming gawin.”

Alvarez, whom Duterte picked to lead the House when he won last year’s presidential election, said the High Court cannot issue an order directing a co-equal branch of government to conduct a joint session.

He even warned that he might even tear the order to pieces.

“Ah, balikan muna nila ang law books. How can the Supreme Court dictate Congress what to do? Co-equal body yan. O, mag-issue ng direktiba ang Supreme Court telling Congress, dictating Congress na, ‘uy, mag convene kayo ng joint session’? Punitin ko ‘yan,” he said.

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FACT CHECK: Inconsistencies in Duterte’s martial law report

MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte administration appeared to have submitted to Congress a martial law report that contained erroneous information on some of the incidents that happened in Marawi City that led to the declaration of martial law in Mindanao last week.

Several inconsistencies were discovered when we verified the contents of the report submitted by the government to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shortly before 10 p.m. on May 25.
This despite the earlier instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Cabinet to be factual and truthful in drafting the report submitted to Congress.
In its report, the Palace claimed that several establishments, including the Amai Pakpak Medical Center, were taken over by elements of the Maute terrorist group and held several employees as hostages on May 23.
However, in a STAR report released on Monday, APMC chief Amer Saber said that the hospital was not overrun by terrorists contrary to the reports that came out on social media that day.
His statement corresponded with that of Philippine National Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos who said that the terrorists did not take over the hospital and went there to seek medical assistance for a member.
“Ito po coming from our counterparts in the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines). ‘Yun pong pagpunta ng grupo sa ospital, they did not control the entire hospital. They were there to seek medical assistance dahil may tama ‘yung kanilang kasama,” Carlos said in the press briefing on May 24.
“‘Yung mga workers there… they were only asked to provide medical assistance to the wounded members of the terror group,” he added.

Duterte vows to ignore Supreme Court on martial law.

Duterte on Tuesday imposed martial law in the Mindanao region, home to 20 million people, following deadly clashes in a mostly Muslim-populated city involving militants he said were trying to establish a caliphate for the Islamic State group.

“Until the police and the armed forces say the Philippines is safe, this martial law will continue. I will not listen to others. The Supreme Court, Congress, they are not here,” Duterte told soldiers on Saturday.

“Are they the ones dying and losing blood, bleeding, hemorrhaging because there is no help, no reinforcement? It’s not them.”

“During martial law, your commanders, you, you can arrest any person, search any house. There is no more warrant needed,” Duterte told troops on Friday.

Duterte’s comments contradicted a government statement released on Saturday to explain martial law.

“Warrants of arrest or search warrants should be issued,” the statement from the government’s information agency said.

“No person may be arrested and detained without orders coming from these civil courts.”

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Duterte declares Martial Law in Mindanao

MANILA (3nd UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte on 10 p.m. Tuesday declared martial law in the entire Mindanao island amid the ongoing clashes between government troops and Maute group terrorists in Marawi City, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.


Abella, in a briefing in Moscow, said the President ordered him to make the announcement.

He said martial law in the area will be in effect for 60 days, as stipulated in the Constitution.

“This is on the grounds of resistance and rebellion based on what is happening,” he said.

“What the President has done is only for Mindanao including Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi,” added.

Duterte’s meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will be postponed as he will leave Russia at 10 p.m. Moscow time, to return to Manila, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.

He said he has spoken to his counterpart in Moscow and Russian officials understand the situation.

Putin will meet Duterte later Tuesday, rather than Thursday, the Russian press secretary Dmitry Peskov was quoted as TASS news agency. 

“They understand that the President has to return to the Philippines. I will stay behind to sign agreements. The President feels he is needed in Manila ASAP,” Cayetano said.

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Duterte offers authoritarianism as PH panacea

Three turbulent decades after the Philippines shed dictatorship, President Rodrigo Duterte is offering a return to authoritarian rule as a solution to all the problems democracy has failed to fix.

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