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Militant group leaders snub pre-SONA dialogue with cops

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Eight out of 10 militant group leaders invited for a dialogue with the Philippine National Police on the upcoming State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III chose not to attend the meeting, alleging that police officials have been using these dialogues to justify their violations of the constitutional rights of people to assemble and air their grievances. Jamie Marie Elona

MANILA, Philippines – Leaders of various militant groups decided to boycott Monday the scheduled dialogue between them and officials of the Philippine National Police on the upcoming State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III.

Of the10 invited militant leaders, only two – Rasti Delizo of Sanlakas, and Roberto Martin of Pasang Masda – attended the dialogue scheduled at 2 p.m. at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City.

Other invited groups were Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, Piston, Gabriella, Anak Pawis, PMT, KMP, KMU and Bayan.

Among other officials who attended the dialogue were Quezon City Police District chief Director Alan Purisima, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, and House of Representatives sergeant at arms retired Brigadier General Nicasio Radovan Jr.

In a statement, Bayan said they did not attend the meeting as “these dialogues have been a way for the PNP to justify its violations of the constitutional right of the people to peaceably assemble and air their grievances to the government.”

The group said PNP [officials] have used the dialogues as a way to “impose” security measures which allegedly counter people’s constitutional rights and the Batas Pambansa 880.

Bayan filed their application for a permit to rally with the Quezon City government. The group and its allied organizations seek to be permitted to hold their protest program at the Batasan Road near Congress.

Bayan said their legal counsel, Attorney Rey Cortez, informed them that the City Government has two days from the filing to act on the request of the applicant.

However, Bayan said, “It has been more than two days since we applied for a permit and we have not been contacted by the QC government. Upon follow up, we found out that the matter was referred to the QC Police District.”

Citing the law, the group said that if the application will not be acted upon within the prescribed period, the application is deemed “approved.”

The group further said that if the city government chooses to deny or modify their application, it has to inform the applicant and call for a hearing.

“It is clear that the PNP has no intention of following this provision of the law. It merely wishes to impose its restrictions with the expectation that we will meekly follow their dictates,” Bayan said, adding that the city government cannot pass on its function to approve or reject rally permits.

Last year, Bayan said the PNP and city government also committed the same violation of BP 880. A case before the Supreme Court is now pending because of this violation in which the PNP and QC governments are respondents.

The group said that their counsel told them that “any” attempt to block the protest actions during Aquino’s SONA would be a violation of BP880.

“We reserve our right to explore all our legal options should the PNP violate our constitutional rights,” Bayan said.

“We ask the Aquino regime, what is so frightening about a peaceful protest action? Why push the people away from Batasan? The people want to air their grievances, including economic issues, human rights abuses, violations of sovereignty and the lack of accountability of erring officials,” Bayan said.


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  • http://twitter.com/mickeyhiss Mickey Hiss

    To Bayan activists who have nothing better to do but protest:

    Get a Job!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IAQLUSKZ7TH4C2FHOD7SLQONQ4 bong

    See, tama nga ako.  Gusto lang nila BAYAN na manggulo.

  • patriotic_act

    they boycotted it because they dont want a “limit of demonstration space”.. they want to advance to they place of their liking.. and they dont want police barricades in front of them.

    and ofcourse.. they should have omit the word “peaceably” in their permit as they themselves are the first ones “who violates” it.

    I will support a live shotgun round to each militant, activist, leftist and rallyist who strays out from their “agreed demonstration space”.. lets make an example out of each of them for other “aspiring” leftist to NOT to emulate.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JL7VPEQO24RIJTEJTPXJWTIAQA romel

    mga SALUT sa BAYAN ang mga militanteng yan!!!!

  • patriotic_act

    ang gusto nila walang “limit” sa pwede nilang “pagdausan ng protesta” nila, gusto nila mag ingay, manggulo at magsunog ng effigies, kasi gusto daw nila “mapansin” yung mga “hinaing” nila, pero sila din yung hindi sumusunod sa “Peaceful Demonstration” creed na yan dahil paano nga naman sila mapapansin kung di sila “gagawa ng eksena”? thus nullifying the creed of the right itself.. sa madaling salita, hindi nila sinusunod ang tamang akda sa batas ng “Peaceful Demonstration”.

    Bastos at walang modo ang mga aktibistang to, hindi sila napalaki ng magulang nila ng maayos, for sure sa mga magulang nila sila unang nanlaban at naging “suwail”, or yung magulang din nila mismo eh “makakaliwa” din kaya inulit lang nila yung kawalang kwentang buhay na ibinuhay ng mga magulang nila.. na kesa nagtrabaho ng mabuti para mabigyan sila ng magandang buhay eh ang ipinamana eh ang pagiging “makakaliwa”.

    Itong mga taong ito nung unang panahon na meron pa talaga silang totoong “ideyolohiya” eh nakakatulong para mamulat ang mga lider natin sa mga pagkukulang nila.. pero ngayong panahon na ito eh hindi na “ideyolohiya” ang nagiging dahilan ng pagiging isang aktibista o militante.. “TRABAHO” na nila ang pagiging makakaliwa.. ibig sabihin “kumikita na sila ng pera” sa pagiging aktibista, at nagpapagamit na sila sa mga komunistang nagbabayad sa kanila.. at dun nawawala ang “essence” ng ipinaglalaban nila.. dahil ginagawa na nila itong “TRABAHO”..

    “Professional Activist” na sila.. hindi na sila aalis dyan, at kahit sinong presidente pa nanyan lang sila para magreklamo.. dahil yun na ang trabaho nila.. kaya nagiging “liability” na sila ng bansa natin.. dahil “hindi na sila nakakatulong” at “dagdag pasanin pa”.

    at alam naman natin ang ginagawa ng isang kumpanya sa mga “redundancies” at “liabilities” sa workforce nila diba? “sinesesante”.

  • eltee mulawin

    >>>magpasensya na lang kayo mga BAYAN, KMU at ibang militante, WALANG CONGRESSMEN AT SENADOR.NAIS MAKINIG, MAKISAKAY AT MAKISAWSAW SA INYONG ISSUES DAHIL MALAPIT NA ANG ELEKSYON 2013. EH BAKIT HINDI KAYO HUMINGI NG TULONG SA MGA KASAPI NINYO SA PARTY LIST NA NAKAUPO NA SA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE AT KAY TEDDY CASINO?? NAKALIMUTAN NA KAYO O HINDI MAKIKINABANG ANG SARILI NIYA?
    >>>Tingnan ninyo si Ms Hontiveros kakandidato muli, eh ang sarap maging pulitiko at maging congressman o senador, at sino may sabi maliit ang kita ng mga iyan?  Mga militante !!!!  huwag na kayo makigulo at manggulo pa. Maghintay na lang sa 2013 at baka manalo pa grupo ninyo sa Party List at isa sa inyo maging tongressman o shit-nador din tulad ng iba.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/44RALU2ARTIM3I6BQV75HRDSLU greg

    sa akin lang ha sana kung may mag interview sa mga ralihista maging balance naman ang mga reporter natin tanong din po sana naman nila sa mga iyan kung anong ni tulong nila sa gobyerno natin.kasi parang pabor lagi ang tanong sa mga ralihista, paminsan-minsan tanungin naman nila yang mga yan kung ano tanatawag nilang pantay-pantay at kung ano sa kanila ang ibigsabihin ng  free doom at peace para malaman natin  kung ano talaga ang hinanaing ng mga yan.para sa akin,mag 40 years old na ako nakita kona sa t.v panahon pa ni marcos kalayaan ang pinag-lalaban.ngayon nakuha na ang kalayaan na sinasabi nila nandyan parin hangang ngayon .ano nanaman ang pinaglalaban nila,sa ngayon.sana tanungin ng mga reporter natin yang mga yan.o takot ang reporter natin baka pa salvage sila sa mga NPA kaya ganon nalang.

  • noguile

    shut up or get out of the way. and try to earn an honest days work and pay taxes like the rest of us.

    p.s. by the way is china paying your communist front organization enough? must be, they even bought a whole country (cambodia).



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