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Volume 2, Number 38 October 27 - November 2, 2002 Quezon City, Philippines
Faces Impeachment Over ID System, Youth Group Says
Four years ago, the Supreme Court declared the proposed national ID system unconstitutional. The ruling, however, did not put to rest moves by the Estrada administration and now, by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, to institute the system. The new move has precipitated a wave of protests, notably from a youth group who sees the revival unconstitutional and hence impeachable.
national network of peasant advocates said over the weekend President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo is courting possible impeachment if she revives the move to
implement a national ID system. This surfaced as the militant peasant group,
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, reminded the President that the plan had been
declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Dy said his group, the National Network of Agrarian Reform Advocates-Youth (Nnara
Youth) which he chairs, would campaign for Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo’s impeachment
is she will force the issue on the controversial ID system through an executive
President Arroyo go with her crazy agenda, but for sure protests will spread all
over the country and the promise of impeachment will be slapped straight to her
face," Dy said.
youth leader also warned local officials on the implications of implementing the
obligatory ID system. "It would lead to scores of human rights violations
and cases of state repression,” he said. “We ask the local government units
to think a
million times before acceding to Palace's transmission lines on the obligatory
national identification system," Dy said.
a related statement, Danilo Ramos, KMP secretary general, reminded the President
that in 1996 the Supreme Court stopped the President Fidel Ramos from enforcing
the ID system through Administrative Order No.308 (Adoption of a National
Computerized Identification Reference System).
years later, the high tribunal declared the unconstitutionality and grave
threats of AO 308 to the Filipino people's right to privacy. The SC said the ID
system proposed by Ramos was a direct invasion of privacy and would deprive
citizens of their rights and privileges because they would be forced to secure a
government ID first in order to deal with the government.
The national ID system is one big curse to the Filipino people,” Ramos said.
“It is inviting a deluge of political disasters and concerted attack on the
rights of every citizen." He called for a nationwide mobilization to defy
the Palace proposal.
KMP leader also called on human rights and civil liberties organizations to
challenge the executive order being drafted by the presidential office before
the high court as well as in the streets and theater of public opinion.
said the “shotgun ID system must be laid to its final rest.”
Bayan secretary general Teddy Casiño said the proposed national ID system
including Palace's calls for emergency powers and the passage of the
Anti-Terrorism act in Congress were symptoms of a government marred by corruption
scandals, anti-people and pro-imperialist policies and unimpeded military and
police collusion with criminal syndicates and unrelenting human rights
violations against the people.
obligatory national ID measure, along with other Frankenstein schemes proposed
by President Arroyo and her militarist cohorts have proven costly not just to
the national coffers since it infuses billions in precious funds to the
unreformed and abusive military and police," Casiño said.
the national ID system, the Bayan leader said, every Filipino must prove his
innocence by showing an ID card. He said activists and protesters as well must
prove there are not " terrorists" or else they will be prevented
"preemptively" from expressing legitimate political action.
is this regime which is guilty of terrorism on numerous accounts," he
national ID system – a move which has been opposed by human rights advocates
and civil liberties groups since the Aquino administration – was revived amid
a spate of bombings that has wracked Metro Manila and Mindanao. The bombings
have been blamed on “terrorists” out to destabilize the country and ruin the
militant groups accused the military arm of the government of being behind the
bombings, saying hawks in the Macapagal-Arroyo are fomenting tension to justify
a state of emergency and launch a crackdown against legitimate protesters.
week, National Security Adviser Roilo J. Golez said the President would soon
sign an executive order requiring all people to secure a national ID first
before they could engage in any official transaction with the government and
a Palace press briefing, Arroyo's security adviser explained that the obligatory
character of the proposed national ID
allow Palace to implement the system without legal obstacles from the Supreme
Court and skip congressional debates on the issue.
said the EO would empower Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo to direct local government units
to pass ordinances requiring a similar ID for transacting with local government
the militant fisherfolk group Pamalakaya called on the Filipino people to
boycott the obligatory national ID system proposed by Malacañang. The group
said the Palace has resorted to political blackmail to clinch the
"extremely dangerous" national ID system.
group, through national chair Fernando Hicap, assailed President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo and National Security Adviser Roilo J. Golez for advancing a
proposal with cruel intentions.
"We call on the Filipino people to boycott this evil and sinister plan of the Arroyo-Golez tandem,” Hicap said. “We must resist this political attack on our civil liberties as people since the government is planning to commit crimes against our persons and rights as citizens through this dreadful ID system." Bulatlat.com