[News] Philippines Martial Law Declared - Rally Today SF, NY, LA
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Fri Feb 24 12:20:16 EST 2006
On the 20th anniversary of People Power and the
ouster of Marcos, a State of Emergency/Martial
Law has been declared in the Philippines. All
rallies are banned. email and texting
curtailed. Massive rallies are happening anyway
under threat of violent dispersal.
EMERGENCY RALLY AGAINST STATE OF EMERGENCY
WHEN: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 4 PM
WHERE: POWELL AND MARKET - 4
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE - 5 (Sutter at Powell)
In addition, people will be at the consulate all day, join us!
more information call 415.216.7266 or 650-714-9151
Join Filipino New Yorkers in condemning the fascist Arroyo regime!
5 pm - Friday February 24, 2006
Philippine Consulate in NY
Condemn State of Emergency and Oust GMA
12 pm Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles
To all community allies and supporters of the Filipino people:
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan USA Chapter declares
overall failure and disgrace of the Arroyo
government as the Real State of National
Emergency which cannot stop third People Power ouster!
From across the ocean and within the borders of
the U.S., BAYAN-USA proudly stands with with
thousands of Filpinos in the streets of Ayala and
EDSA yesterday on the 20th Anniversary of the
first People Power ouster of Dictator Ferdinand
Marcos. We condemn in fullest terms Gloria
Arroyo's Proclomation 1017 of a National State of
Emergency which is short of declaring martial law
and the first step towards authorizing
warrantless arrests, media takeover, dispersal of
people's assemblies and systematic suppression of
the Filipino people's right to participate in
collective actions that go against Arroyo's wish to stay in power.
The Filipino peoople know that the real State of
National Emergency started when GMA took office
from the ousted Joseph Estrada in 2001. This
latest crisis development reveals more than she
can hide about her crisis-ridden and crumbling
adminstration. GMA's desperate measures come
after a preventable mudslide which killed more
than 1500 in Leyte last week. She is responsible
for Human Rights Violations worse than the
declared years of Martial Law under Marcos. She
has orchestrated a full blown economic crisis
burying the country in billions of dollars of
foreign debt. Worst of all, she continues to
cling to power, holding on to a presidency
discredited with election fraud while escaping democratic impeachment.
Since she assumed the presidency, BAYAN-USA has
participated in international actions called by
the growing People Power 3 movement in the
Philippines. Yesterday's People Power
anniversary and OUST actions are the result of
escalating outrage from under poverty level
wages, joblessness, homelessness, high gas
prices, the burden of value added taxes on basic
commodities and the failure to bring justice for
the gang rape of a Filipina woman by U.S
Marines. There is nothing spontaneous or
surprising from the people's louder voices of
dissent which represent a courageous anti-fascist
stand. We recognize the most powerful way to
honor the People Power Anniversary is to continue
the struggle against fascism in the brutal form
of the Bush loyal GMA regime.
There will be no denying People Power
3! Calibrated Preemptive Response (CPR), state
sponsored terrorism and political killings in the
Philippines, undeclared martial law and even arms
and training by U.S. troops in the Philippines
will never quell the people's resistance and will
for national liberation and democracy and a just
and lasting peace. We call on the U.S and
governments around the world to withdraw support
to the Arroyo government which proved to be best
in stealing, lying and cheating rather than
governing the nation towards genuine progress and
OUST THE BRUTAL, FASCIST ARROYO REGIME
ARROYO IS STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY IN THE PHILIPPINES!
ESTABLISH THE TRANSITIONAL COUNCIL NOW!
NO U.S. TAX DOLLARS TO FUND UNDECLARED MARTIAL LAW AND POLITICAL REPRESSION!
PEOPLE POWER 3 LIVES!
For more information, contact Kawal Ulanday at 510-914-4461
GABRIELA Network Opposes De Facto Martial Law!
THE MOST ONEROUS EMERGENCY IN THE PHILIPPINES IS ITS DE FACTO PRESIDENT
In an act of collective punishment, Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo, still claiming the title and
position of president of the Republic of the
Philippines despite the general perception that
she cheated at the elections, declared a State
of National Emergency through out the
archipelago. The so-called state of national
emergency bans all rallies and
demonstrations; allows warrantless
arrests; seizure of private property including
media outlets; and the usurpation of civil
authority by the Armed Forces of the Philippines
on the say-so of the alleged president.
Even though the justification given was nebulous
reports of an impending coup by some military
officers, Macapagal-Arroyo chose to afflict all
of the people of the 7,100 islands of the
Philippines, murdering in one fell swoop their
guarantees of civil liberties, freedoms and human
rights. Proclamation 1017 on the state of
national emergency called on the Armed Forces of
the Philippines to quell all lawlessness,
including a so-called conspiracy of the extreme Right and the Left.
By any other name, it is martial law. No
Philippine president would, of course, dare
undertake such a drastic grab for power without
the approval of its colonial master. It is no
coincidence that this comes while 5,500 US troops
are in the Philippines, distributed in strategic
areas from north to south of the archipelago. It
is the largest number of US troops to be in the
country in a decade. A meeting of perversities
can thus be found in this proclamation: Gloria
Macapagal Arroyos obscene desire to cling to
power and the office of the presidency, in the
face of the Filipino peoples repeated and
sustained calls for her ouster; the desire of
certain senior military officers to wield
political power and thus be able to enrich
themselves; and the US intent to open new bases
in a territory close to the regions vast oil and
natural gas reserves. These desires require
constitutional changes so vast that, among
others, they effectively remove such guarantees
as freedom of the press. This meeting of
political perversities can only mean a war of terror on the Filipino people.
GABRIELA Network condemns this pathetic and
imitative ploy of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her
ilk to set themselves up as the new Philippine
dictatorship. We note how the shadow play that
forms the backdrop of this so-called state of
emergency -- a shadow play of explosions that
injure no one; of alleged conspiracies of such
disparate elements as the left and the right; of
coup attempts by military officers never
court-martialed for their actions all are
redolent of the stink of the dictatorship of the
late Ferdinand E. Marcos. No wonder
Macapagal-Arroyo was buzzing cheek-to-cheek with
Imelda Marcos at a recent public event.
GABRIELA Network calls on Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
to be mindful of the Filipino peoples long and
historic struggle for genuine democracy and
liberation; of the sacrifice that has sustained
the national democratic movement for forty years;
of the increasing overt truth that the
socio-economic structure in the Philippines is
not viable; and of the Filipino peoples repeated
and sustained calls for her ouster. The fervor
with which her ouster has been sought by the
people should convince Macapagal-Arroyo that, as
of now, the most grievous disaster to afflict the
Philippines is her own self. She should step
down and bring political relief to this much-beleaguered country.
GABRIELA Network condemns this handover of
political power to the Armed Forces of the
Philippines, elements of which have fed at the
trough of US military aid for decades. GABRIELA
Network calls on all men and women who believe in
true democracy and liberation to join us in
opposing this de facto presidents declaration of de facto martial law.
Join us in mass actions against the Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo regime and against the schemes
of multinational corporations to use US foreign
policy to loot the resources of poor and underdeveloped nations.
Arroyo declares state of emergency
Feb 24, 2006
Updated 11:24am (Mla time)
Gil Cabacungan Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
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(2nd UPDATE) PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
declared a state of emergency Friday to quell a
military uprising that sought to overthrow her
administration. Arroyo's declaration is contained
in Proclamation 1017, which she signed after a
lengthy meeting with Cabinet members and police
and military officials in Malacañang, Press Secertary Ignacio Bunye said.
In the declaration released to media at 11:20
a.m., Arroyo invoked Section 18, Article 7 of the
Constitution that allowed the President to call
on the armed forces to prevent or suppress rebellion.
The proclamation will also pave the way for
warrantless arrests, government takeover of
utilities, including media, and a ban on rallies,
Presidential Chief of Staff Michael Defensor said.
Arroyo said that over the past months, "elements
in the political opposition had conspired with
authoritarians of the extreme Left represented by
the [National Democratic Front-Communist Party of
the Philippines-New People's Army] and the
extreme Right, represented by military
adventurists -- the historic enemies of the
democratic Philippine State -- who are now in a
tactical alliance and engaged in a concerted and
systematic conspiracy, over a broad front, to
bring down the duly constituted government elected in May 2004."
She also noted that "the claims of these elements
had been recklessly magnified by certain segments of the national media."
She said these series of actions were hurting the
country "by obstructing governance, including
hindering the growth of the economy and
sabotaging the people's confidence in government."
Arroyo said the situation was under control.
Earlier on Friday, Defensor said authorities were
hunting down 8 to 10 civilians and military
officers allegedly linked to the coup plot, including their financiers.
Reporters covered the President's declaration
from the Arlegui guesthouse, a few meters away from the Palace.
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