Here We Go Again

Malacanang has declared a state of emergency according to this and this. Wow. At first, they kept denying that there’s even a coup attempt. How naive can they get?

Then, if ever it does happen, according to them, they’re pretty certain that it will fail because the military is in firm control over the situation.

Okay. Whatever. I’ll only believe it when it has happened already. Or when it doesn’t happen.

And the buzz term for this day: Proclamation 1017.


Linking to the full text of the proclamation. And on Senate President Drilon’s statement on the Arroyo’s declaration, why is he saying that a person can only be arrested if a crime is being committed the person’s presence? Is there really a need for a crime to occur first before an arrest is made? So silly. And according to Section 18, Article 7 of the Constitution,

In case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it, he may, for a period not exceeding sixty days, suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus or place the Philippines or any part thereof under martial law… [Read more]

So Mr. Drilion, the president may suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus (that is, if she wants to) first, and then the guys at Congress can then vote to suspend or extend the proclamation. Okay?

From my understanding (which is still very limited I am afraid), declaring a state of emergency is meant to deal with the threat before it the actually transpires or maybe before the threat blows into full force. For now, it’s a preventive measure.

The funny thing is, I’m thinking that it may not be executed by the big-shot, deep-pocketed, long-time planners but rather by the spontaneous yet collective response of the extremely discontented people who just want to get this over and done with.

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