Manila Bulletin, Dec 11 2009
Neutering Congress and the Supreme Court:
Statement of Senators Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas on the Lifting of Martial Law in Maguindanao
This afternoon Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita announced that the President will lift martial law and the suspension of the writ in Maguindanao effective 9 PM tonight.
The Filipino people deserve praise for the vigilance and scrutiny they have exercised since the Maguindanao Massacre took place, and since the President imposed martial law. Public outrage and devotion to constitutional principles pushed Congress, in particularly the House of Representatives which was uninclined to even meet with the Senate, to assemble in joint session.
During the joint session we saw the government stumble and falter, proving itself willfully ignorant of the law and of the Constitution’s requirements. Focused and fearless reports by the media showed that much more was accomplished to obtain justice for the massacre victims by the Human Rights Commission and by the police and military before martial law was proclaimed.
However, let us not be carried away by feelings of relief over the lifting of martial law. Read the rest of this entry »
In recent days, military raids in Maguindanao have revealed much more than high-caliber firearms; the raids have made public 16 homes in Davao City and 14 mansions in Maguindanao, all belonging to the Ampatuans.
While the Ampatuans wallow in splendor and grandeur, their constituents suffer the hardship of squalor and poverty that is prevalent in the third poorest province in the country.
The question is, where did all this wealth come from? Gov. Andal Ampatuan’s Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN) for 2002 shows only a net worth of P11 million. As public servants, Gov. Ampatuan and the rest of his family must answer to the people for amassing a suspicious amount of wealth while in power. Read the rest of this entry »
LP REBUKES COMELEC FOR UNSEATING ISABELA GOV. GRACE PADACA
Liberal Party officials today slammed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for allowing itself to be used by the Arroyo government for its “vendetta” politics against local executives who have allied themselves with the opposition.
“Kredibilidad ng Comelec at ng halalan sa 2010 ang nakasalalay dito. Bakit pumayag ang mga opisyal ng Comelec na magamit ang kanilang institusyon para sa ginagawang harassment ng Palasyo sa mga kritiko nito? (What is at stake here is the credibility of the Comelec and the 2010 elections. Why did Comelec officials allow their institution to be used by Malacañang for its bullying tactics against its critics?)” asked LP President Sen. Mar Roxas.
“Biglaang binuhay itong electoral protest laban kay (Isabela) Gov. (Grace) Padaca matapos siyang makipag-alyansa sa Partido Liberal. Halatang-halata na harassment lamang ito (The electoral protest against Gov. Padaca was suddenly revived after she allied herself with the Liberal Party. This is obviously a harassment scheme),” he added.
Si Governor Grace Padaca ay isang huwaran ng tuwid at maaasahang serbisyo-publiko. Ang desisyong ito ng Second Division ng COMELEC ay isang halimbawa ng sistematikong pagsupil ng Malakanyang sa mga tumutuligsa sa kanilang baluktot at mapagmalabis na pamamahala.
Kamakailan lang, ginawa na rin nila ito sa Bulacan kay Governor Jon-Jon Mendoza, at patuloy nilang pipiliting mapatahimik ang mga nagnanais ng pagbabago. Sinabi ng kanyang mga kalaban na dinaya daw po sila pero hindi naman nila maipaliwanang kung paano sila dinaya. Bukod pa rito, hindi pinahalagahan ng Second Division ng COMELEC ang mga boto ng 31 presinto sa Isabela dahil sa pagkawala o pagkabasa ng kanilang mga balota. Ibinasura rin nila ang mga ebidensyang magdodoble ng lamang ni Governor Grace sa kanyang katunggali.
Sa kabila nito, hindi tayo magpapatinag. Nakita na natin sa Maguindanao ang bunga ng isang gobyernong lulong sa korapsyon at lasing sa kapangyarihan. Galit na galit na ang sambayanang Pilipino. Hindi tayo titigil hanggang mawakasan natin ang katiwalian at kawalan ng pag-asa sa pamamagitan ng pagsulong sa isang pamahalaang malinis at mapagkakatiwalaan.
LIBERAL PARTY SLAMS ‘FOUL’ TACTICS VS LOCAL ALLIES
The administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has resorted to bullying tactics to harass candidates of the Liberal Party in a bid to prevent its impending and embarrassing defeat in the 2010 synchronized elections, party officials decried Monday.
“Lahat ay gagawin ng administrasyon para manatili sa poder. Lahat, gagawin nila para mabawi ang mga dati nilang balwarte (The administration will stop at nothing to stay in power. They will do everything to regain their stranglehold on their old bailiwicks),” said LP President Sen. Mar Roxas, who is also the party’s vice presidential candidate.
He added: “Patuloy na gumagamit ng maruruming taktika ang gobyernong ito upang takutin ang ating mga kandidato. Kitang-kita natin ito sa pagbuhay muli sa mga electoral protest laban sa mga kandidatong kaalyado ng Partido Liberal.(The government continues to use foul tactics, in an attempt to scare our candidates. This motive is very obvious in the revival of electoral protest cases against candidates who are allies with the Liberal party).” Read the rest of this entry »
PRO-REFORM FORCES TO WIN THIS TIME — LIBERAL PARTY
With reforms and good governance as its campaign battle cry, the ranks of the Liberal Party have grown stronger at the ground level as thousands of new members joined the party and making it the dominant minority party to battle the old behemoth of traditionalist political parties that seek to preserve the corrupt, old system of political patronage and transactional politics in the 2010 national elections, party officials claimed today.
The LP is fielding the formidable presidential and vice presidential tandem of Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, a complete “Peoples’ Reform” senatorial ticket and a strong local line-up in the 2010 elections.
Aquino and Roxas have been leading in all presidential and vice presidential surveys conducted by reputable polling firms, leading their rivals by wide margins and reflecting the people’s pulse for serious improvements in government policies and direction and their aspiration for a better Philippines. Read the rest of this entry »