Gloria M. Arroyo has
lifted Proclamation No. 1017 in an obvious bid to render moot and academic
the complaints filed before the Supreme Court. The people must intensify
their protest mass actions and encourage the civilian officials and
military and police officers to withdraw their support from the Arroyo
administration. We can expect the oust-Arroyo mass movement to intensify
in the days and weeks to come.
BY PROF. JOSE MARIA
Posted by Bulatlat
Gloria M. Arroyo has lifted Proclamation
No. 1017 in an obvious bid to render moot and academic the complaints
filed before the Supreme Court of the Philippine reactionary government
against her regime’s curtailment of democratic rights and use of martial
law powers without complying with such constitutional requirements as
reporting to Congress and seeking its approval.
Proclamation No. 1017 is deceptively
called declaration of a “state of national emergency” but its mandatory
part is a verbatim copy of the Marcos martial law declaration,
Proclamation No. 1081. By this proclamation, Arroyo usurps martial
These include the power to issue decrees
and orders, order arrests without judicial warrant, curtail the freedom of
speech and assembly, disperse rallies and strikes, take over public
utilities, mass media and other businesses supposedly imbued with “public
interest” and so on, under the pretext of suppressing lawless violence,
rebellion and insurrection.
Arroyo herself and her top subalterns in
the cabinet and in the police and military have announced that she can
issue again and again a proclamation with a draconian content identical to
that Proclamation No. 1017. They have also boasted that, with or without
such a proclamation, they can continue to carry out repressive measures
against the people and the broad united front of patriotic, progressive
and other forces opposing the Arroyo regime.
Proclamation No. 1017 was premised on the
big lie that there was a coup conspiracy of “communists” and “military
adventurists” and that a coup attempt was foiled on February 24. The truth
is that the regime used the proclamation to preempt and break up the mass
actions celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Marcos fascist
The regime feared that the military and
police would withdraw support from it as they had done in Edsa 1 and Edsa
2 if the people’s assembly had been allowed to grow big on February 24. No
coup at all was attempted by any group of military and police officers.
It was the Arroyo ruling clique that carried out a coup by usurping
martial law powers and violating the constitutional requirements of
congressional approval and oversight and judicial warrants for arrests and
At great expense of public resources, the
Arroyo regime continues to wage a propaganda campaign to misrepresent as a
“conspiracy” of communists and military officers of the reactionary
government the consensus and active efforts of all anti-Arroyo forces in
the broad united front to encourage the military and police to withdraw
their support from the regime but not to make a coup for themselves in
violation of the principle of civilian supremacy.
Arroyo and her principal accomplices are
accountable for concocting the so-called coup conspiracy and coup attempt,
adopting and implementing Proclamation No. 1017 and for violating the
democratic rights of those victimized by the proclamation, such as the
rallyists who were brutally attacked, all those arrested without judicial
warrant, the six congressmen so grievously persecuted, several newspaper
offices raided and messed up to intimidate all mass media, all those
falsely charged with rebellion and coup d’etat and so on.
The Arroyo regime will continue to issue
proclamations, decrees and orders for the purpose of curtailing democratic
rights and repressing the people in its pursuit to prolong its
illegitimate and immoral rule and ram through the treasonous Arroyo-De
Venecia charter-change scheme. This scheme is aimed at crowning Arroyo
with Marcosian dictatorial powers and making other anti-national and
anti-democratic constitutional amendments in line with the economic and
military dictates of the US.
The Arroyo regime is obstinately treading
the bloody path of fascist dictatorship and state terrorism. Even before
the issuance of Proclamation No. 1017, the regime was already engaged in
gross human rights violations, especially in the Bantay Laya military
campaigns of suppression against the toiling masses of workers and
peasants. So many trade union and peasants leaders, youth and women
activists, human rights workers, priests and pastors, journalists,
lawyers, officers and members of progressive party list groups have been
kidnapped and tortured to death or gunned down in public places by the
death squads of the Arroyo regime.
Since 2001 Arroyo has openly approved and
praised the reign of terror and has rapidly promoted military and police
officers who are notorious torturers and murderers. The terrorism of her
regime will continue and increase its viciousness, despite the lifting of
Proclamation No. 1017. It is planned and directed by a cluster of her
cabinet members in charge of national security, with the technical
assistance of the topmost officers of the various intelligence agencies.
The bloody crimes of the growing fascist dictatorship are driving so many
people to join the revolutionary underground and wage armed revolution,
according to revolutionary publications.
The broad masses of the people and the
broad united front of patriotic, progressive and other anti-Arroyo forces
have no choice but to intensify their protest mass actions and encourage
the civilian officials and military and police officers of the
reactionary government to withdraw their support from the Arroyo ruling
clique. We can expect the oust-Arroyo mass movement to intensify in the
National Capital Region (NCR) and nationwide in the days and weeks to
come. Posted by Bulatlat
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