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Leftists say Miriam’s conspiracy theory on bolder martial law is 80 percent correct

By TC Concepcion and Gerry Albert Corpuz

Manila, Philippines-Leftwing activists belonging to the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Saturday said the conspiracy theory invoked by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on an alleged plot to bring about a “bolder Martial Law” beyond the province of Maguindanao is 80 percent correct.

According to Sen. Santiago, the four suspects behind the purported plot for bolder Martial Law were the powerful Ampatuan clan believed to be responsible for the Nov.23 massacre of 57 persons, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a cabal supported by a group of military officials including defense and interior secretaries and a new Reformed the Armed Forces Movement that mounted a series of coup attempts against the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino.

“The missing link is President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who constitutes the other 20 percent of the equation. The four layers of suspects identified by Senator Santiago represent the majority 80 percent of the Martial Law equation. The new RAM however will represent a segment of the reactionary AFP allied with or pampered by the Arroyo government,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

But Hicap lauded Santiago for coming out with a brave statement and courageous analysis despite removing President Arroyo from the Martial Law equation. “We will give Senator Santiago the well deserved credit for rising above the occasion to tell the Filipino people that this Martial Law animal in Maguindanao is not meant to give justice to victims of the Ampatuan massacre but to use the victims’ names to justify the imposition of military dictatorship,” added Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader agreed with Santiago the objective of the alleged conspiracy was to seize power and preempt the holding of national elections next year.

“The installation of a military junta to spoil the 2010 general elections and the across-the-nation declaration of Martial Law is the principal objective of the ruling political syndicate in Malacanang. President Arroyo and her most trusted national security operator—Defense secretary Norberto Gonzalez have been obsessed with this scenario since the discovery of the Hello Garci tapes in 2005,” said Hicap.

Pamalakaya said it was convinced the Ampatuan massacre was the brainchild of top national security officials of the Macapagal-Arroyo government to justify the imposition of Martial Law in Maguindanao province, and that the succeeding events in Maguindanao including the ambush of military convoy and the hostage taking in Basilan and Agusan del Sur were part of the game plan to convince the public that it was time to impose Martial Law not only in Mindanao but in the entire country.

Pamalakaya believed the powerful Ampatuan clan was coaxed and motivated by national security operators of Malacanang to commit the mass murder of people to stop the rival clan from pursuing their bid to wrest the control of political power in the province, justify the imposition of Martial Law and spoil the holding of elections in 2010.

“In committing the carnage to justify the declaration of Proclamation 1959 and the failure of elections in Maguindanao, the biggest winners here are President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the Ampatuans who shared the same vision of keeping their posts by all means,” it said.

“This regime led by Ms Arroyo is very much obsessed with the declaration of Martial Law. The current terrorist Manila government has been plotting Martial Law since it assumed the presidency and its rallying call is to do whatever it can do to justify martial rule. The Ampatuan massacre is part of the game plan for Martial Law,” Pamalakaya added.

“Secretary Gonzalez, the silent operator of the terrorist and national security obsessed regime has been pushing for the declaration of Martial Law in the name of President Arroyo’s political survival. Perhaps, by creating intrigues, hatred and war between the rival clans in Maguindanao, the government could achieve its objective, which is the declaration of Martial Law that could be expanded in other provinces and Philippine territories the soonest time possible ahead of the May 2010 elections,” the group explained. #

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Leftists believe Palace pushed Ampatuans to commit mass murder to justify Martial Law

By Bb. Joyce Cabral, Sugar Hicap and Billy Javier Reyes

Manila, Philippines- Leftwing activists belonging to the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Friday said they were convinced the Ampatuan massacre was the brainchild of top national security officials of the Macapagal-Arroyo government to justify the imposition of Martial Law in Maguindanao province.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said the powerful Ampatuan clan was coaxed and motivated by national security operators of Malacanang to commit the mass murder of people to stop the rival clan from pursuing their bid to wrest the control of political power in the province, justify the imposition of Martial Law and spoil the holding of elections in 2010.

“In committing the carnage to justify the declaration of Proclamation 1959 and the failure of elections in Maguindanao, the biggest winners here are President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her political allies in Maguindanao—the Ampatuans, who like President Arroyo wants to perpetuate themselves all over Maguindanao by all means,” added Hicap.

“This regime led by Ms Arroyo is very much obsessed with the declaration of Martial Law. The current terrorist Manila government has been plotting Martial Law since it assumed the presidency and its rallying call is to do whatever it can do to justify martial rule. The Ampatuan massacre is part of the game plan for Martial Law,” he added.

The Pamalakaya leader singled out Defense Secretary and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzalez as the chief operator of Maguindanao massacre, which was processed and approved by top security officials of the Arroyo government, that includes the newly installed defense chief.

“Secretary Gonzalez, the silent operator of the terrorist and national security obsessed regime has been pushing for the declaration of Martial Law in the name of President Arroyo’s political survival. Perhaps, by creating intrigues, hatred and war between the rival clans in Maguindanao, the government could achieve its objective, which is the declaration of Martial Law that could be expanded in other provinces and Philippine territories the soonest time possible ahead of the May 2010 elections,” Hicap explained.

Pamalakaya feared that Malacanang and Secretary Gonzalez could spark wars among political and warlord clans in Mindanao to justify the expansion and extension of Martial Law.

The militant group said Palace national security officials could spark the clan wars between the families of Wahab Akbar and Gerry Salapudin in Basilan, Sakur Tan and Tupay Loong clan in Sulu, the Jaafar clan against its political rivals in Tawi-Tawi, the Dimaporo clan vs. political enemies in Lanao del Norte and many clans in Lanao del Sur to justify the imposition of Martial Law in these areas of political conflicts among politician- warlords.

Pamalakaya said the government might also exploit the activities of criminal groups all over Mindanao like bank robberies and hostage taking to create a climate of terror and lawlessness to justify the imposition of Martial Law.

Meanwhile, the group urged Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile and House Speaker Prospero Nograles to quit from their posts ahead of the scheduled joint session of Congress on whether to affirm or revoke Proclamation 1959 placing the entire Maguindanao province under Martial Law.

Pamalakaya said Enrile and Nograles have already expressed their support to Palace declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao, and they cannot exact objectivity and fairness as leaders of Congress in determining the legal, political and moral correctness of Proclamation 1959.

“The present Senate President and the Speaker of the House are not the right persons to lead the joint session of Congress as far as Proclamation 1959 is concerned. Mr. Enrile is the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos partner in crime in declaring Martial Law in 1972, while Nograles, a has been politician from Davao City sees the extreme military measure as a way to keep himself to political eternity, the way Mrs. Arroyo wants herself to be,” it said.

“Mr. Enrile and Mr. Nograles are President Arroyo’s rah rah boys in Congress. We cannot entrust the fate of this country to GMA boys and rubber stamp politicians in Congress”, the Pamalakaya added.

Earlier, Pamalakaya urged congressmen allied with President Arroyo to cross party lines and vote against the imposition of Martial Law in Maguindanao. The militant group also appealed to administration congressmen who shifted party loyalties to Nacionalista Party of Senator Manuel Villar and Liberal Party of Senator Mar Roxas to join the eight militant party list representatives—Satur Ocampo, Teodoro Casino and Atty. Neri Javier Colmenares of Bayan Muna, Rafael Mariano and Joel Maglunsod of Anakpawis, Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela and Rep. Raymond Palatino of Kabataan Party in opposing and voting against Proclamation 1959.

Pamalakaya said pro-GMA congressmen should rise above the occasion and quell the grand plan of Malacanang and the National Security Council to slowly but surely place the entire country under Martial Law with the Maguindanao massacre as a laboratory for eventual declaration of martial rule all over the country.

The militant group said the statement of House Speaker Nograles justifying Proclamation 1959 is politically dangerous, and tantamount to endorsing the eventual dissolution of the House of Representatives. Pamalakaya further asserted that Nograles is toeing the Palace line for the across-the-nation imposition of Martial Law.

“Remember the imposition of Martial Law is one of the available legal measures for President Arroyo to perpetuate herself to power beyond 2010. Mrs. Arroyo and her ruling gangland will do everything, anything, whatever the cost maybe to justify martial rule and keep the reigning political syndicate to power. This will lead to the eventual closure of the House,” added Pamalakaya.

Pamalakaya said congressmen allied or oppose to President Arroyo should take cue from the Supreme Court which said that Malacanang has no basis to declare Martial Law in Maguindanao because the court system in Maguindanao is functioning.

“The Supreme Court is clear, the court system is working and in fact that judge in Kidapawan had issued six search warrants that authorized the raids on several Amputuan residences. The cruel intention of Mrs. Arroyo and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzalez is highly exposed here—they want the Maguindanao to jumpstart the well planned imposition of Martial Law all over the country,” the group said.

“It appears to us that the Maguindanao massacre orchestrated by the powerful Ampatuan clan had the official blessing if not tacit approval of the national security mafia in Malacanang to justify the possible declaration of national state of emergency or even Martial Law across the country. Palace think tanks believe the situation could be exploited to justify the martial rule not only in Maguindanao but also across the country in not so distant future,” Pamalakaya added.

The militant group asserted that aside from President Arroyo, Secretary Gonzalez and ex-defense chief Teodoro, previous defense secretaries and chiefs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines should be made to explain why they allowed the proliferation of CAFGUs, armed Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVOs) and private armies in Maguindanao and have them enlisted and functioned as military and security personnel and private armies of the powerful Ampatuan warlord clan in Maguindanao. #

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Delisting of Joma in terrorist list is final, says EU court

By Kremlin Montenegro,contributor,The Pamalakaya times

Manila, Philippines- The judgment of the European Court of First Instance (now called the General Court under the Lisbon Treaty) removing Prof. Jose Maria Sison last 30 September 2009 from the terrorist blacklist of the European Union and unfreezing his bank account is now final and executory, according to a press statement sent to The Pamalakaya Times.

Ruth de Leon, internatonal coordinator of the support group DEFEND Committee said through its Legal Office, the Council of the European Union has confirmed today to Jan Fermon, the lead lawyer of Prof. Sison, that it has not lodged an appeal of the aforesaid judgment to the European Court of Justice within the prescribed period of appeal of two months and ten days from the date of judgment. The expiry date for the appeal was yesterday, 10 December 2009.

“Prof. Sison has sealed his victory after more than seven years of legal struggle against the EU terrorist blacklist since he was placed there on 22 October 2002 and was subjected to deprivation of the essential needs of human life and the violation of his fundamental human rights,” said the Utrecht based de Leon.

De leon said Prof. Sison won his case against the Council of EU before the European Court in 2007 on procedural issues. The court ruled that the Council has violated his rights to be properly informed of the charge, to be defended by counsel and to seek judicial protection.

Last 30 September 2009, Prof. Sison won his case on substantive issues. The court ruled that he was never investigated, prosecuted nor convicted for any specific act of terrorism and that passing and incidental statements in Dutch court judgments actually favorable to him on his asylum case from 1992 to 1997 and on the unproven murder charge against in 2007 did not make him a terrorist.

“The 30 September judgment of the European court in favor of Prof. Sison is a brilliant landmark decision. It is a standard for preventing the arbitrariness of European governments in blacklisting individuals, organizations and other entities as terrorists and for upholding and respecting their human rights. It is a blow on trends of fascism in Europe which have been growing in the name of anti-terrorism”, the DEFEND Committee said.

The lawyers of the exiled Sison said with the 30 September judgment having become final and executory, the case of founding chair of the Communist Party of the Philippines, now chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippins (NDFP) negotiating panel to the peace talks with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines against the Council of EU can move forward to the stage of determining what compensation shall be made to his lawyers and to him for the deprivations, violations of rights and moral and material damages that he has suffered for more than seven years.

Prof. Sison’s battery of lawyers includes Jan Fermon from Belgium, Eberhard Hans Schultz and Wolfgang Kaleck of Germany, Antoine Comte of France and Dundar Gurses of The Netherlands. Judge Romeo T. Capulong and Rachel F. Pastores of the Public Interest Law Center and Bernard Tomlow, Dutch lawyer of the NDF International Office, have also provided legal cooperation.

Meanwhile, in Manila, leftwing groups supportive of the resumption of peace talks between the NDFP and the GRP urged the Philippine government to immediately lift the Martial Law in Maguindanao and stop sinister plot to install martial rule across the country, asserting that the imposition of Martial Law will frustrate efforts to bring both belligerent forces back to the negotiating table.

Rural based groups Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said the imposition of Martial Law will send the talks in total collapse if the Arroyo administration pushes the execution of Martial Law all over the country.

Both groups maintained that the Ampatuan massacre last Nov.23 was orchestrated by top national security officials of Malacanang to stop the 2010 elections, lay down the grounds of Martial Law and perpetuate Mrs. Arroyo to power.

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Open letters suggesting that Palace and NSA Gonzalez role in Ampatuan massacre and the declaration of Martial Law

An analysis, in the wake of the Ampatuan murders, by Bertini “Toto” Causing, a member of the board of the National Press Club of the Philippines and also legal consultant for the National Press Club. Mr Causing is columnist both of Hataw and Police Files Tonight. With the kind permission of Paul Brinkley-Rogers.

ANALYSIS

You must know that Norberto Gonzales as Defense Secretary is a “terror” operator and if he is to work with political operator Ronaldo Puno, they become a dreaded pair. Remember that Gonzales came from National Intelligence Security Agency, from where came the Vidal Doble who taped Garcillano’s talks with Gloria. Also remember that Puno (the bad one) was instrumental in making Miriam Santiago lose to FVR and in Garci operations in Mindanao.

You must also know that before the Ampatuan massacre, there were hell-bent planning sessions on how Gloria could possibly hold over, de facto or de jure. They were looking at how they can foment war in Muslim areas to have a justification for sinister plots.

Instead of launching war against MILF and MNLF which is expensive, what Gonzales did was to make “chismis” circulating between two possible warring clans.

The timing was perfect because Datu Andal Sr. was so worried how he can stay in power because of the three-term limit. Andal Sr. even went to the Comelec in the Province of Maguindanao to ask what should he do to enable him to run again for the 2010 elections.

A “bobo” Comelec official advised him to take a leave. Another Comelec official advised him to resign. Confused, Andal Sr. went to Malacanang and asked an Arroyo confidante what to do. And Andal was told that the only way for him to hold on to power is to prevent elections there from happening. And he was advised to do what is necessary.

I do not know what was the advice; but I surmise that he was egged on not to give in to the Mangudadatus who were hell bent on grabbing power from him. In short, “binatirya” or “tsinismis patalikod ang mga Mangudadatu kay Andal na aagawin ang poder sa kanila.” And once the power is taken over, the Mangudadatus would take revenge for the earlier raids done on them resulting in seizure of firearms.

Obsessed with desire to keep power revved up by “chismis”, the Ampatuans harbored deep hatred and extreme fear of losing power. And to ensure that no election shall occur, the killings should be done with extreme brutality to justify “martial law,” a condition when no election can be held in the province.

They were only looking at killing and burying to nowhere the Mangudadatus and families so that they would only be recorded as missing and would be charged against the rebels or Abu Sayyaf, not thinking they would be including 30 journalists in their plan for they did not think that Mangudadatu would ask for the help of media men. And if there would be martial law, the Ampatuans stay in power under the hold-over principle.

But their game plot failed during the execution. Thank God: before they knew it, Toto Mangudadatu was able to know the abduction because his wife was able to call him up, prompting Toto Mangudadatu to call for Army assistance; the soldiers responded quick enough that forced the killers to escape, even though the other victims were not yet buried, leading to the discovery of the plan; thus, the execution failed.

The original plot was just to make it appear that the victims disappeared mysteriously so that it can be blamed to heightened rebellion that would justify attacks on MILF which, in turn, would justify martial law.

Until here, I believe I have answered now the question why it should be as brutal as this. It was the Ampatuans who did the act and planned the act. The Gloria government only happened to have benefited from it to justify martial rule.

What would be the net effect when martial law gains momentum in Maguindanao? It will embolden the Gloria machines to do the same in other Muslim provinces: (a) Wahab Akbar’s family vs Gerry Salappudin’s in Basilan; (b) Sakur Tan clan vs Tupay Loong clan in Sulu; (c) Jaafar clan vs opponents in Tawi-Tawi; (d) Dimaporo clan in Lanao Norte against a challenging clan; and (e) Many clans in Lanao Sur.

If Norberto Gonzales would have his way, he wanted all of them to fight each other to justify martial law in the rest of Muslim provinces.

Remember that the total number of votes in these provinces is substantially big enough to cause suspension of proclamation of winners in Presidential, Vice-Presidential and Senatorial races.

So that when proclamation cannot be had and it will be aggravated and prolonged by creative petitions and protests to be filed before the Comelec, the Speaker of the House (Gloria) would act as Acting President. Why? Since there would be no president, vice president and senators who would be proclaimed, the Speaker takes over under the Constitution. Gloria would argue that the 12 present senators cannot choose a Senate President because it needs at least 13 votes to elect the Senate President.

Another plus or bonus for them: the House of Representatives will approve to extend martial law by means of them voting together with the Senators where the senator’s vote is only one.

A dummy petition shall be filed to question the act of “voting jointly” by means of outnumbering the Senators; and hoping the Gloria-appointees- dominated Supreme Court would rule that “voting jointly” means lumping together the senators and the congressmen and each of them has only ONE VOTE.

And when the Supreme Court would go Gloria’s way, they would now implement House Resolution 1109 calling for the senators and congressmen to “vote jointly” for a CON-ASS to pave the way for a parliamentary government.

This PLUS or BONUS may happen before or after the 2010 elections. If it happens after elections, the picture that you would see is that the leading candidates for president, vice-president and senators cannot be proclaimed because their margin of leads can still be overturned by the total votes in areas where voting would be deferred till eternity by Martial Law.

So that this is a GRIM POSSIBILITY.

Patriotically yours,

Toto Causing

An earlier e-mail to Mr Brinkley-Rogers by Mr Causing, which first appeared at a Pinoy discussion group online. Please feel free to circulate my analysis as you wish. I do not have any reason for me to be afraid of getting known as the author of this piece. To make this known the farthest it can and to the largest number of people possible, the better it is for the Philippines and the Filipinos.

This analysis becomes all the more necessary to be known because of the falsity and illogical premises relied on in placing Maguindanao province under the state of martial law. The manifestations displayed yesterday by Gloria & her minions show burning intention to pursue martial law are getting bolder. It now appears to be bordering on clear and present danger to democracy and the Filipino people.

Obama and Hillary must know this to warn Gloria not to proceed with the sinister plot. Why will the Gloria clique claim there is rebellion while stating at the same time in the premises of martial law proclamation that the territories being held by the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) shall be respected?

To make this clear, let me quote the proclamation: “Sec. 1: There is hereby declared a state of martial law in the province of Maguindanao except for the identified areas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front as referred to in the implementing operational guidelines of the GRP-MILF agreement on the General Cessation of Hostilities. “

Moreover, MILF has been there existing and campaigning actively for more than a decade now yet in not one period in the past has martial law been proclaimed. In other words, it is very clear in the proclamation that the Gloria Arroyo Government is not referring to the MILF as the reason of rebellion that necessitates martial law.

By deduction, it means that the Gloria administration is treating, no matter how illogical, the massacre of about 20 women, two lady lawyers and 32 journalists as an act of rebellion.

As such, they are treating the suspected perpetrators of the goriest-ever massacre as “rebels.” True, Department of Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera announced that the charges they were filing against the Ampatuans are “rebellion.”

This was confirmed when television reports showed interviews of Army officers stating that they were arresting the Ampatuans for rebellion. Is this not out of syntax when the purpose of the brutal killings were not to topple the duly-constituted government? Is this not revolting to conscience to treat them as rebels when it is very clear there has been no intention to deprive the government of the right to assert authority in any place in Maguindanao?

Is it not clear that the purpose of the massacre was only to scare out or eliminate possible opponents in the upcoming elections for governor of the province in May of 2010? Is it not clear that the Ampatuans had a clear intention to run for the elective posts up for grabs in that elections and as such there is no intention to deprive the national government to exercise authority in Maguindanao?

Is it not clear that rebellion is an offense against the government only? Is it not clear that the massacre as committed, assuming to have been committed by the Ampatuans, is an offense against the persons of the victims, that the state’s interest in giving justice to massacre victims is only to keep its moral obligation to keep the peace and assuage the revolting conscience?

In sum, it is very clear that there is no rebellion. And the fact that the Gloria minions are insisting that there is rebellion and in fact arrested the Ampatuans on rebellion charges means my analysis is jibing with the clear intention to place Maguindanao under martial law to achieve the purpose of foiling the holding of elections in this place. The situation of danger against Democracy and the People is CLEAR AND PRESENT. So please, Sir Paul, disseminate to the largest possible audience my analysis along with this email message of mine to you.

Patriotically yours,

Toto Causing

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Martial Law” in Hacienda Luisita exists, says leftwing groups

By Chocolate Moose Fernandez

Manila, Philippines- Leftwing activists belonging to the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Amihan peasant women federation and the Unyon ng Mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) on Wednesday said an “undeclared Martial Law in Hacienda Luisita is in effect following the fresh deployment of Army troops and paramilitary troops inside the sprawling 6,453-hectare sugar estate owned by the family of the late President Corazon Aquino.

In a joint press statement, leaders of the militant groups said Hacienda Luisita has turned into a “mini Maguindanao of Central Luzon” with the combined government troops and members of Cafgus conducting day-to-day harassment against the striking workers of the sugar plantation.

KMP secretary general Danilo Ramos said the Northern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines has deployed over 200 Cafgus, in addition to regular Army troops currently maintaining military outposts in several barangays inside Hacienda Luisita.

“A de facto Martial Law exists in Hacienda Luisita courtesy of Malacanang and the National Security Council headed by defense Secretary and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzalez. The deployment of Army and Cafgus on regular basis and on combative mode suggests what Palace has in mind right now—the Maguindanaonization of Hacienda Luisita,” the KMP leader added.

For his part, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap urged President Arroyo and top military officials of the government to immediately pullout the military and paramilitary troops currently deployed to monitor and harass the protesting farmworkers, adding that the land dispute inside Hacienda Luisita does not require the presence of government troops or Cafgus inside the Cojuangco sugar estate.

“There’s no invasion, no rebellion and no state of lawlessness in Hacienda Luisita. What’s going on there is the collective assertion of striking farmworkers of their rights to land and quest for social justice,” added Hicap.

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Militant solons to challenge “1959” in Congress

By Gerry Albert Corpuz, senior reporter, The Pamalakaya Times and Sugar Hicap

Manila, Philippines- Eight activist party list lawmakers comprising Makabayan coalition bloc in the House of Representatives have vowed to spearhead the fight against Proclamation 1959 in the House and are filing a resolution tomorrow seeking to revoke the President’s imposition of martial law in Maguindanao.

In a press statement sent to The Pamalakaya Times, the Makabayan coalition in the House of Representatives led by representatives Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño and Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna; Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela, Rafael Mariano and Joel Maglunsod of Anakpawis and Raymond Palatino of Kabataan Party will file a resolution urging the Lower Chamber to revoke the controversial proclamation placing Maguindanao under Martial Law.

The Makabayan solons said they would do everything humanly possible to oppose what they called an emerging Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo dictatorship.

They reiterated their stand that Proclamation 1959 was unconstitutional as there is no rebellion or invasion in Maguindanao. They also said it was unnecessary since a state of emergency had already been declared in the area and the AFP, PNP and other government agencies had enough powers to deal with the aftermath of the Maguindanao massacre.

“We believe that Proclamation 1959 is meant to be a precedent. It is an attempt to impose martial law even without the requirements specified in the Constitution. If the GMA gets away with this one in Maguindanao, she can get away with it in any other province or the whole country,” they said.

They said they would make sure Proclamation 1959 would not go unchallenged in Congress or in the Supreme Court.

“We demand that Congress act immediately to revoke Proclamation 1959 and protect our people from similar threats to their democratic rights and freedoms,” they said.

The bloc also said they would join and support all rallies and demonstrations against Proclamation 1959 and for the resignation or ouster of Pres. Arroyo.

Meanwhile, leftwing militants identified with the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Sunday warned congressmen allied with Arroyo that the House of Representatives will face dissolution if congressmen will not reject the imposition of Martial Law in Maguindanao province.

In a a separate statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said pro-GMA congressmen should rise above the occasion and quell the grand plan of Malacanang and the National Security Council to slowly but surely place the entire country under Martial Law with the Maguindanao massacre as a laboratory for eventual declaration of martial rule all over the country.

The Pamalakaya leader said the statement of House Speaker Prospero Nograles justifying Proclamation 1959 is politically dangerous, asserting that the top house leader is toeing the Palace line for the across-the-nation imposition of Martial Law that will soon lead to the dissolution of the House of Representatives and the Philippine Senate.

“Remember the imposition of Martial Law is one of the available legal measures for President Arroyo to perpetuate herself to power beyond 2010. Mrs. Arroyo and her ruling gangland will do everything, anything, whatever the cost is and come what may to justify martial rule and keep the reigning political syndicate to power,” said Hicap.

Pamalakaya said congressmen allied or oppose to President Arroyo should take cue from the Supreme Court which said that Malacanang has no basis to declare Martial Law in Maguindanao because the court system in Maguindanao is functioning.

“The Supreme Court is clear, the court system is working and in fact that judge in Kidapawan had issued six search warrants that authorized the raids on several Amputuan residences. The cruel intention of Mrs. Arroyo and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzalez is highly exposed here—they want the Maguindanao to jumpstart the well planned imposition of Martial Law all over the country,” the group said.

“It appears to us that the Maguindanao massacre orchestrated by the powerful Ampatuan clan had the official blessing if not tacit approval of the national security mafia in Malacanang to justify the possible declaration of national state of emergency or even Martial Law across the country. Palace think tanks believe the situation could be exploited to justify the martial rule not only in Maguindanao but also across the country in not so distant future,” Pamalakaya added.

The militant group asserted that aside from President Arroyo, Secretary Gonzalez and ex-defense chief Teodoro, previous defense secretaries and chiefs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines should be made to explain why they allowed the proliferation of CAFGUs, armed Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVOs) and private armies in Maguindanao and have them enlisted and functioned as military and security personnel and private armies of the powerful Ampatuan warlord clan in Maguindanao.

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Silence of newly installed defense chief on Maguindanao massacre, a puzzle, says leftwing group

By Sugar Hicap

Manila, Philippines-Leftwing militants identified with the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Thursday said they were puzzled with the “irrevocable silence” displayed by newly installed defense secretary National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzalez on the Maguindanao massacre.

Pamalakaya vice-chairperson Salvador France made the inquiry an hour after Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera and Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuno made the inquest on principal suspect Datu Unsay mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. who was flown from Sharif Aguak in Maguindanao to General Santos City early this morning.

“The national security adviser’s display of extreme silence on the mass murder of more than 57 civilians by the notorious Ampatuan warlord clan is something that should not be missed by the Filipino public. Perhaps he is planning something big in his mind and the declaration of the State of Emergency in Maguindanao is perhaps the beginning of any grand plan in favor of the present occupant in Malacanang,” the Pamalakaya official said in a press statement.

France said the proliferation of para-military groups and the arming of civilian volunteers for counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism in Maguindanao and other parts of Mindanao were the programs jointly discussed and approved by the Office of the President, the National Security Council of where Secretary Gonzalez is an influential member and the erstwhile defense chief Gilbert Teodoro.

“It appears to us that the Maguindanao massacre orchestrated by the powerful Ampatuan clan had the official blessing if not tacit approval of the national security mafia in Malacanang to justify the possible declaration of national state of emergency or even Martial Law across the country. Palace think tanks believe the situation could be exploited to justify the martial rule not only in Maguindanao but also across the country in not so distant future,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

The militant group asserted that aside from President Arroyo, Secretary Gonzalez and ex-defense chief Teodoro, previous defense secretaries and chiefs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines should be made to explain why they allowed the proliferation of CAFGUs, armed Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVOs) and private armies in Maguindanao and have them enlisted and functioned as military and security personnel and private armies of the powerful Ampatuan warlord clan in Maguindanao.

“Mrs. Arroyo and her company cannot escape responsibility for turning the Ampatuan clan into a political monster in Maguindanao in exchange for the Ampatuans political support for the administration in the 2004 and 2007 national elections,” said Pamalakaya. #

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