Category: Politics & Governance

Congress extends Mindanao martial law to end 2017

By IAN IRVING BAZARTE Bulatlat MANILA – In a special session held today at Batasan Pambansang Complex, Quezon City, the Congress of the Philippines – which includes the House of Representatives and the Senate – approved a five-month extension of President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao. Sixteen senators voted yes for the extension of…

Progressive solons stress human rights violations in vote vs. Mindanao martial law extension

By DEE AYROSO Bulatlat MANILA – Progressive lawmakers of the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives voted against the extension of martial law in Mindanao, as they reiterated the abuses committed by state security forces under the military solution to the armed conflict in Marawi city. Voting 261-18 in a joint special session today…

Black Friday protest | Progressives call on public to resist possible extension of martial law

By IAN IRVING BAZARTE Bulatlat MANILA – Various progressive groups today, July 7, continued to protest the Supreme Court (SC)’s affirmation of martial law in Mindanao, as they warned of its possible extension, not only in Mindanao but in other parts of the country. The groups said they will keep staging protests, with a major…

Año, Lorenzana asked to attend last day of SC orals on martial law

By IAN IRVING BAZARTE Bulatlat MANILA – Supreme Court justices have required Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces chief-of-staff Lt.Gen. Eduardo Año to attend tomorrow, June 15, the last day of oral arguments for the three consolidated petitions filed seeking to nullify President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. On the second…