Ano ang Impeachment Complaint?

Rey Tamayo, Jr.

Kamakailan ay naging laman ng balita ang pagpa filed ng impeachment complaint ni Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte dahil umano sa mga kaso kinasasangkutan ng pangulo tulad ng culpable violation of the constitution, bribery, betrayal of public trust, at graft and corruption.

Nasundan pa ito ng magpahayag ng interes si House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez hinggil sa posibilidad na pagsasampa ng impeachment complaint laban naman kay Vice President Leni Robredo dahil umano sa betrayal of public trust.

Nag-ugat ang nasabing impeachment complaint ng magpadala ng recorded video statement sa United Nations forum na tumatalakay sa palit-ulo issue na malinaw umanong “treasonous”at pagtuligsa sa negatibong epekto ng malawakang kampanya ng Duterte administration upang masugpo ang talamak na bentahan ng ilegal na droga. Ikinakasa na rin ng mga volunteer lawyers ang isa pang impeachment complaint kay VP Robredo dahil sa pagsira ng imahen ng bansa sa unverifi ed statements sa international community (economic sabotage).

Para sa isang ordinaryong si Juan dela Cruz. Ano nga ba ang Impeachment at ang mga nakapaloob dito?

Ang impeachment complaint ay ginagarantiyahan ng Konstitusyon ng Pilipinas. Ito ay nakapaloob sa Section 2 at 3 ng Article XI, na tanging ang Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso (House of Representative) ang siyang may mandato na magsampa ng impeachment cases laban sa Pangulo, Ikalawang Pangulo, mga miyembro ng Korte Suprema, mga miyembro ng Constitutional Commissions (tulad ng Commission on Election, Civil Service Commission, at Commission on Audit) at ang Ombudsman.

Kung makakakuha ng one-third na boto mula sa mga miyembro ng House of Representatives para iendorso ang mga impeachment articles ay kaagad na maglalabas ng resolusyon upang maipadala sa Senado.

Ang Senate of the Philippines naman ang magsisilbing impeachment tribunal sa mga impeachment case kung dapat bang alisin sa puwesto ang isang opisyal o kayaý ma-acquit sa kinakaharap na kaso. Sa pag-usad ng impeachment proceeding ang ilan sa mga mambabatas ng House of Representatives ang magsisilbing taga-usig (prosecutors) at ang mga senador naman ang magiging hukom (judges).

Kung sakaling ang Pangulo ng bansa ang nililitis sa impeachment complaint, kinakailangang kasama ng Senate President ang Chief Justice sa kabuohan ng isinasagawang paglilitis. Para maparusahan (convict) ang isang impeachable offi cial, kinakailangang makakuha naman ng minimum na twothirds na boto (16 sa 24 na mga senador) na pabor para sa conviction ng isang partikular na opisyal.
Ilan sa mga impeachment proceeding na naitala sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas ay ang mga sumusunod:

President Joseph Estrada – Taong 2000 unang nagsagawa ng paglilitis kay Pangulong Estrada ngunit hindi natapos dahil sa hindi pagpapahintulot na mabuksan ang isang kontrobersyal na envelope na sa kalaunaý nag resulta ng 2001 EDSA Revolution, kung saan natanggal si Estrada bilang pangulo ng bansa.

President Gloria Arroyo – Taong 2005, 2006, 2007 at 2008 nang magtangkang pataksikin sa puwesto si Pangulong Arroyo ng kaniyang mga kritiko ngunit kahit isa ay hindi umusad at hindi nakarating sa Senado.

Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez – Taong 2011 ang masasabing kauna-unang impeachment proceeding na naging matagumpay na naging dahilan upang tuluyang bumaba sa puwesto si Ombudsman Gutierrez.

Chief Justice Renato Corona – Taong 2012 tuluyang sinibak bilang punong hukom ng Korte Suprema si Justice Corona dahil sa kasong betraying public trust kung saan nakakuha ng 20-3 na boto sa mga Senator Judges.

Usapang Pangkapayapaan

Rey Tamayo, Jr.

Kamakailan ay nagkaroon ng pagpupulong si pangulong Duterte kay Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza kasama ang ilang miyembro ng gabinete na sina Secretaries Silvestre Bello III, Liza Masa, Judy Taguiwalo, at Rafael Mariano upang talakayin ang mga nakakasang peace engagements sa mga armadong grupo tulad Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Moro National Liberation Front, Bangsamoro, CPP/NPA/NDF at maging sa Cordillerans group.

Ayon kay Dureza, sinsero at pursigido ang pangulong Duterte na magkaroon ng makatarungan at pangmatagalang kapayapaan sa bansa at makamit ang magandang resulta sa mga nakalatag na usaping pangkapayapaan.

Hinggil sa Bangsamoro, nakikita ng pamahalaan ang positibong resulta sa ilulunsad na Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro kung saan nakatakdang magpulong ang mga kinatawan at opisyal ng MILF, MNLF at iba’t ibang grupo ng Bangsamoro upang talakayin ang single road map tungo sa inaasam na kapayapaan sa Mindanao.

Suportado rin ni pangulong Duterte ang patuloy na paghahangad ng kapayapaan sa autonomous region ng Cordillera at hinikayat ang mamamayan ng CAR na magkaisa at maisakatuparan ang mapayapang layunin ng rehiyon na naaayon sa Saligang Batas.

Samantala, may inihandang special instructions naman ang pangulo sa government peace panel patungkol sa mga alternatibong hakbang upang maisulong muli ang usapang pangkapayapan sa CPP/NPA/NDF, ito’y matapos na kanselahin ng pangulo ang umuusad na peace talks at unilateral cease fire declarations.

Bagama’t naging maayos ang pag-usad ng nakalipas na tatlong serye ng usapang pangkapayapaan na ginanap sa Oslo, Norway ngunit kinansela ni Pangulong Duterte ang negosasyon matapos ang pag-atake ng hinihinalang mga miyembro ng New People’s Army (NPA) sa convoy ng militar na ikinasawi ng tatlong sundalo na naghatid lamang ng relief goods sa mga biktima ng lindol sa Surigao del Norte.

Sa pagkakaudlot ng unilateral cease fires ng gobyerno at ng CPP-NPA-NDF, tila isang malaking hamon kung papaano mareresolba ang ilang mga isyu na nais ng pamahalaan na mabigyan ng kasagutan mula sa NDF.

Sa kabila ng mga nangyari, kumpiyansa pa rin umano ang liderato ng Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, at National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) at ang kasalukuyang administrasyon na muling mabubuksan ang dayalogo hinggil sa usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng gobyerno at ng komunistang grupo.

Mahalagang maisakatuparan ang usapang pangkapayapaan, ang kailangan lamang ay maging bukas ang isa’t isa hinggil sa iba’t ibang aspeto at tuntunin ng peace negotiation sa pagitan ng pamahalaan at sa iba’t ibang mga armadong grupo dahil nakasalalay sa peace talks ang: ekonomiya ng bansa, maayos na edukasyon lalo na sa mga kanayunan, maayos na pamayanan, buhay ng kapwa Pilipino (sundalo, pulis, pulang mandirigma, mandirigmang moro, sibilyan) at ang dangal ng lahing Pilipino.

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Statement – National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines deplores the glaring impunity with which the state’s security forces increasingly violate people’s basic rights.
 
We will mince no words here. What happened at the US embassy on Wednesday, when a weaponized police van was used against protesters, was a clear case of violence by the state against its own people.
Members of media were not spared.
 
Wences Balinguit of Southern Tagalog Exposure was arrested by the Manila Police District despite having identified himself as a journalist. And Jaja Necosia of Kilab Multimedia was shooting video of a policeman assaulting one of the passengers in a jeepney that was already leaving the area when he was punched by the officer. Pictures of this incident indicate the officer was the same PO3 Franklin Kho who ran over protesters with the police van.
 
Video footage of the dispersal’s aftermath also showed heavily armed SWAT personnel heckling reporters and trying to block cameramen covering the arrest of an injured protester.
 
Earlier in the day, in Antipolo City, reporter Olan Bola of radio station dzBB found himself arrested and slapped with obstruction of justice charges when he tried to interview a security guard and an officer identified as PO2 Puruganan while covering a hit-and-run incident. Bola’s blood pressure shot up while he was being held at the Antipolo station and had to be taken to the Klinika Antipolo, where he was treated under police guard.
 
We have received other reports of state agents attempting to prevent journalists from doing their work and even threatening them if they persist.
 
All this, of course, is happening within the bigger picture of the wanton violation of that most basic right – to life – in a “war” in which human rights and due process are seen as nuisances and those supposed to serve and protect and enforce the laws are assured of immunity for any “collateral damage” they may cause. Where perception, no matter if based on misinformation or outright prevarication, is held as more important than the truth, and the truth-tellers treated as the enemy for belying the preferred narrative.
 
To be sure, impunity has been with us for a long, long time, fueled by official apathy toward violations of people’s rights and the aversion of government after government to dissent. 
 
It is clear from where this impunity springs. We have always said that what leaders say or do not say, what they do or do not do, resound among those who believe in them and will often be taken as gospel truth or even marching orders.
 
Thus, the silence of past presidents to the wanton violation of rights helped fuel the impunity with which these rights were regularly violated by agents of the state and their cohorts.  But never, and again we mince no words, have we ever had a leader, President Rodrigo Duterte, who has so openly dismissed human rights and repeatedly exhorted law enforcers that they are above the law, who has regularly and publicly wished death and mayhem on those he perceives as the enemy.
 
While we may demand – and we DO demand – an immediate investigation and swift action on these assaults on the freedoms of the press and free expression, even if our demands are met, so long as the signals emanating from the center of power continue to see the rights and liberties of the people as obstacles rather than ideals to be protected and expanded, we hold little hope that such gross disregard for basic rights will end soon.

Reference:
Dabet Panelo
NUJP Secretary General
NUJP Hotline 09175155991

Rebolusyonaryong Pagbabago

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(Photo taken from personal FB page of President Duterte)

By: Rey Tamayo, Jr.

Sa pagpasok ng ika-100 araw ng panunungkulan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte, tila naging mabilis at radikal ang mga pangyayari lalo na’t ang usapin ay tungkol sa malawakang kampanya kontra sa ilegal na droga.

Matatandaang panahon pa lang ng kampanya ay ideneklara na ni Pangulong Duterte (sa buong bansa) ang giyera kontra sa mga drug pusher, drug user, drug protector at sa mga drug lord. Batay sa mga datos na galing sa Philippine National Police (July 1-October 4), mayroong–

 1,377- na mga suspek ang napapatay.

 732,698- na mga users/pushers ang sumuko sa pamahalaan.

 22,503- na mga suspek ang naaresto.

 1,634,111- na mga binisitang bahay sa mga pinaghihinalaang user at pusher o mas lalong kilala sa Oplan Tokhang ng PNP sa ilalim ng liderato ni PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.

At tinatayang nasa 1,800,000 na mga Filipino ang mga drug user batay na rin sa 2015 Dangerous Drug Board Survey.

Isang rebolusyonaryong pagbabago ang gustong maisakatuparan ng administrasyong Duterte bago matapos ang kaniyang termino upang maisalba ang susunod na henerasyon sa kamay ng masamang impluwensiya ng ilegal na droga.

Nagsisimula pa lang ang rebolusyon ngunit ramdam na ng publiko ang positibo at progresibong pagbabago na matagal ng hinahanap ng nakararaming Filipino na hindi nagawa ng mga nagdaang administrasyon.

Unti-unti na ring nararamdaman ng mga halimaw na nasa likod ng monopolyo ng droga ang bigwas ng kamay na bakal ng administrasyon. Marami na ang umaray sa matapang na kampanya ni Pangulong Duterte; kaliwa’t kanan ang napapatay na mga pinaghihinalaang drug pusher at drug user, may mga boluntaryong sumuko, may mga nagbunyag ng kanilang nalalaman hinggil sa kung sino ang nasa likod ng operasyon ng droga sa bansa, isinapubliko ang mahabang listahan ng mga protektor ng droga at tinanggal ang ilang opisyal ng pamahalaan na sangkot sa droga.

Ang resulta- nabulabog ng husto ang mga drug lord at mga sindikato ng droga. Sa takot na mabunyag sa publiko ang kani-kanilang mga boss, malaki ang posibilidad na ang mga sindikato na rin mismo ang pumapatay sa kanilang sariling mga tauhan upang mapagtakpan ang kanilang operasyon.

Kung gusto talaga nating mga Filipino na malinis ang bulok na sistema ng pamahalaan, kailangan natin ng isang lider na may tapang at malasakit upang humarap sa mala dambuhalang hamon ng korapsyon, krimen, at kahirapan.

Bagama’t may mga kritiko ang Pangulong Duterte sa diumano’y summary execution o extra judicial killing sa bansa na pinuna ng bansang Estados Unidos, European Union at maging ng United Nation ngunit depensa ni Pangulong Duterte malinaw umano ang kaniyang direktiba sa mga pulis at sundalo na patayin ang mga “kriminal” kung malalagay sa alanganin ang kanilang sitwasyon.

Mayor parte, mga kriminal ang napapatay sa operasyon ng mga otoridad.

Sa isang prespektibo at paralelismong pananaw, mas katanggap tangap na mapatay ng mga alagad ng batas ang mga kriminal sa lipunan kaysa sa mapatay ng mga kriminal ang mga inosenteng sibilyan na ang hangad lamang ay mabuhay ng marangal. At ang human rights ay para lamang sa mga tao at hindi sa mga hayop.

Nakikipagpunyagi tayo sa isang yugto ng realismong traspormasyon ng ating lipunan at ang nangyayari sa ating bansa sa kasalukuyan ay may nagaganap na malawakang rebolusyon kontra droga.

Ang realidad, sa isang giyera o rebolusyon hindi maiiwasan na may magbuwis ng buhay— may mamamatay at mamamatay sa giyera.

Ngunit kung ito ang isa sa mga alternatibong paraan upang mailigtas ang mas nakararaming inosenteng Filipino sa kamay ng mga buwitreng drug lord, sumasaludo ako sa rebolusyon na sinimulan ni Pangulong Duterte.

Kudos, Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte!

Tumatanggap ng puna at mungkahi ang awtor upang higit pang mapahusay ang anyo at nilalaman nito. Maaaring mag email sa reytamayo_2005@yahoo.com

Inaugural Address of President Rodrigo Duterte Oath-taking of the President of the Philippines Malacañang Palace | June 30, 2016

President Fidel Ramos, sir, salamat po sa tulong mo making me President; President Joseph Ejercito Estrada; Senate President Franklin Drilon and the members of the Senate; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and the members of the House of Representatives; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court; His Excellency Guiseppe Pinto and the members of the Diplomatic Corps; incoming members of the Cabinet; fellow workers in government; my fellow countrymen. [applause]

No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything of national importance or significance unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and sworn to serve.

It is the people from whom democratic governments draw strength and this administration is no exception. That is why we have to listen to the murmurings of the people, feel their pulse, supply their needs and fortify their faith and trust in us whom they elected to public office. [applause]

There are many amongst us who advance the assessment that the problems that bedevil our country today which need to be addressed with urgency, are corruption, both in the high and low echelons of government, criminality in the streets, and the rampant sale of illegal drugs in all strata of Philippine society and the breakdown of law and order. True, but not absolutely so. For I see these ills as mere symptoms of a virulent social disease that creeps and cuts into the moral fiber of Philippine society. I sense a problem deeper and more serious than any of those mentioned or all of them put together. But of course, it is not to say that we will ignore them because they have to be stopped by all means that the law allows.

Erosion of faith and trust in government – that is the real problem that confronts us. Resulting therefrom, I see the erosion of the people’s trust in our country’s leaders; the erosion of faith in our judicial system; the erosion of confidence in the capacity of our public servants to make the people’s lives better, safer and healthier. [applause]

Indeed ours is a problem that dampens the human spirit. But all is not lost.

I know that there are those who do not approve of my methods of fighting criminality, the sale and use of illegal drugs and corruption. They say that my methods are unorthodox and verge on the illegal. In response let me say this:

I have seen how corruption bled the government of funds, which were allocated for the use in uplifting the poor from the mire that they are in.

I have seen how illegal drugs destroyed individuals and ruined family relationships.

I have seen how criminality, by means all foul, snatched from the innocent and the unsuspecting, the years and years of accumulated savings. Years of toil and then, suddenly, they are back to where they started.

Look at this from that perspective and tell me that I am wrong.

In this fight, I ask Congress and the Commission on Human Rights and all others who are similarly situated to allow us a level of governance that is consistent to our mandate. The fight will be relentless and it will be sustained. [applause]

As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not. [applause]

My adherence to due process and the rule of law is uncompromising.[applause]

You mind your work and I will mind mine. [applause and cheers]

“Malasakit;” “Tunay na Pagbabago; Tinud-anay (real) nga Kausaban(change)” [applause] – these are words which catapulted me to the presidency. These slogans were conceptualized not for the sole purpose of securing the votes of the electorate. “Tinud-anay nga kabag-uhan (real change). Mao kana ang tumong sa atong pang-gobyerno (this is the direction of our government).” [applause]

Far from that. These were battle cries articulated by me in behalf of the people hungry for genuine and meaningful change. But the change, if it is to be permanent and significant, must start with us and in us. [applause]

To borrow the language of F. Sionil Jose, we have become our own worst enemies. And we must have the courage and the will to change ourselves.

Love of country, subordination of personal interests to the common good, concern and care for the helpless and the impoverished – these are among the lost and faded values that we seek to recover and revitalize as we commence our journey towards a better Philippines. [applause] The ride will be rough. But come and join me just the same. Together, shoulder to shoulder, let us take the first wobbly steps in this quest.

There are two quotations from revered figures that shall serve as the foundation upon which this administration shall be built.

“The test of government is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide for those who have little.”

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

[applause]

And from (Abraham) Lincoln I draw this expression:

“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong; You cannot help the poor by discouraging the rich; You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer; You cannot further the brotherhood by inciting class hatred among men.”

[applause]

My economic and financial, political policies are contained in those quotations, though couched in general terms. Read between the lines. I need not go into specifics now. They shall be supplied to you in due time.

However, there are certain policies and specifics of which cannot wait for tomorrow to be announced.

Therefore, I direct all department secretaries and the heads of agencies to reduce requirements and the processing time of all applications, [applause] from the submission to the release. I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to remove redundant requirements and compliance with one department or agency, shall be accepted as sufficient for all. [applause]

I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to refrain from changing and bending the rules government contracts, transactions and projects already approved and awaiting implementation. [applause] Changing the rules when the game is on-going is wrong.

I abhor secrecy and instead advocate transparency [applause] in all government contracts, projects and business transactions from submission of proposals to negotiation to perfection and finally, to consummation.

Do them and we will work together. [applause] Do not do them, we will part sooner than later. [applause]

On the international front and community of nations, let me reiterate that the Republic of the Philippines will honor treaties and international obligations. [applause]

On the domestic front, my administration is committed to implement all signed peace agreements in step with constitutional and legal reforms.

I am elated by the expression of unity among our Moro brothers and leaders, and the response of everyone else to my call for peace.

I look forward to the participation of all other stakeholders, particularly our indigenous peoples, to ensure inclusivity in the peace process. [applause]

Let me remind in the end of this talk, that I was elected to the presidency to serve the entire country. I was not elected to serve the interests of any one person or any group or any one class. I serve every one and not only one. [applause]

That is why I have adapted as an article of faith, the following lines written by someone whose name I could no longer recall. He said:

“I have no friends to serve, I have no enemies to harm.” [applause]

Prescinding therefrom, I now ask everyone, and I mean everyone, to join me as we embark on this crusade for a better and brighter tomorrow.

But before I end, let me express the nations, on behalf of the people, our condolences to the Republic of Turkey of what has happened in the place. We offer our deepest condolences.

Why am I here? Hindi kasali ito diyan. [laughs] The past tense was, I am here because I love my country and I love the people of the Philippines. I am here, why? Because I am ready to start my work for the nation. [applause]

Thank you and good afternoon.

NUJP denounces the harassment of its US-based members by suspected INC security men

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines denounces the harassment of our US-based colleagues Steve Angeles, reporter of ABS-CBN, and Nimfa Rueda, Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent and NUJP-US chair, by apparent security men as they tried to cover the dedication of an Iglesia ni Cristo church in Bakersfield, California on February 20.

Angeles, in particular, was also singled out by INC members who vented their anger on him for what they perceived to be his network’s bias in covering the continuing controversy hounding the church. Others also blocked his attempts to shoot footage with placards.

The “men in black” also tailed the two reporters, videotaping them and taking shots of the license plate of Angeles’ car and loudly considering grabbing the ABS-CBN reporter’s camera. All this happened while the two journalists were outside the church compound, therefore in public space.

While the NUJP recognizes and respects the right of INC members to air their grievances against media entities they feel – rightly or wrongly – are biased against them, their freedom to do so does not include harassment or worse, and especially not of individual journalists merely going about their work.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time members of the church have gone beyond the bounds of free speech to threaten and actually physically assault journalists who happen to be working for news outfits they do not agree with. Colleagues were also attacked during the INC shutdown of EDSA last year. This leads us to consider that our call at the time to the leadership of the INC to compel their followers to respect press freedom and the role independent media play in our national life was either ignored or they unable to do so. Either way does not speak well of any religion.

Nevertheless, we once again call on the INC hierarchy to display true leadership and statesmanship and spare everyone not party to your conflicts from being victimized by partisans on either side of the divide.

In the face of this, we urge all our colleagues covering the continuing troubles within the INC to take extra care and immediately report any attempt to influence their work through intimidation or worse but to stand firm against curtailing our rights to pursue our profession and our duties to inform the people. We support any legal action our US colleagues may choose to take against this assault on their persons and profession.

​Reference:
RYAN D. ROSAURO
09278652343​