Moreover, for the Supreme court to strike down Proclamation 1017 as unconstitutional would be tantamount to indicting President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on a whole series of high crimes and misdemeanors and other impeachable crimes. What followed her proclamation were brazen violations of the Bill of Rights in the illegal "takeover" and "supervision" by the police of the Daily Tribune newspaper, the warrantless arrests of peaceful critics of the Arroyo regime, the threats and intimidations made against Media by the Palace, and various other crimes by the President's men now being documented by the Press and those others who look forward to the day that they are brought to Justice. Though probably not today. Of course I am perfectly willing to be surprised, as long I don't have to hold my breath until 2010, because like Davide, Panganiban is headed for an F-Minus in History. Related: Chief Justice Panganiban In His Own Words.
Recent Posts at Philippine Commentary related to Proclamation 1017 State of National Emergency and Rebellion in the Philippines 24 February 2006 (in chronological order):
The first post below was on the Tuesday before Friday, 24 Feb 2006 when Proclamation 1017 was issued. It records that at around 6:45 AM of that Tuesday, someone representing himself as "Lt. Lawrence San Juan" called the AM radio talk show of Eli Saludar in the Morning (588 Khz in Manila) and made threats of some kind of action on the coming Friday and advised all residents of the slum around Malacanang Palace to temporarily evacuate and stay with relatives...and a subsequent update an hour later from the same station reporting that a Lt. Lawrence San Juan had been arrested in Batangas by police...at 5:45 AM! "Subversive documents" said to be in a Flash Ram in the possession of Lt. San Juan may have been planted on him, since the affidavit executed by the arresting officers did not contain any reference to such, despite his being searched. Mention of such was made only five days later on the Saturday following Friday's Proclamation -- in Manila. Those documents have become the government's principal evidence for a "Left-Right" coup conspiracy between the CPP-NPA-NDF and the Magdalo (Oakwood) Mutineers. Their true provenance, once discovered and revealed in the next few weeks, will surely hang somone. Check out the many MP3's in all these posts:
Live Blogging the Edsa Anniversary
PROCLAMATION 1017 STATE OF REBELLION DECLARED!
Cory Aquino Asks President Arroyo to Resign
Alleged Coup Plotter Is A West Point Graduate
From the Ministry of Truth and Responsible Journalism
Warrantless Arrests, Raids on Mass Media By Manila Regime
Proclamation 1017 GMA's Speech in English Translation
Stand for Liberty! Stand for the Philippines!
1017 Outlines of a New Conjugal Dictatorship in the Philippines
A Call for Solidarity from National Union of Journalists
Breaking News --- Standoff Developing at Fort Bonifacio
As the Sun Sets and Darkness Falls Over My Sad Archipelago
The Citizen-Soldier's Moral Dilemma
President Arroyo Blinks on Proclamation 1017?
On the Criminal Culpability in Proclaiming and Enforcing 1017
Thanks a Lot Comrade Gloria!
THE DEFENSE OF LIBERTY CANNOT WAIT ON ITS ENEMIES: As it was in 1972, there are many well-meaning people who say, look, the newspapers are still publishing, even the Daily Tribune. The radio and television broadcasters are still hitting the President. What's the big deal about Proclamation 1017." (And there is this famous letter making it's rounds of the email mills...a kind of Manifesto of the Apathetic...see Ricky Carandang Reporting.) I think however that the defense of liberty cannot wait for its most lethal enemies to attack, because they intend to deliver FATAL BLOWS. Like global freedom itself at the hands of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization, the death of Press Freedom at hands of people with authoritarian and totalitarian tendencies would be a thing not easily reversed. It must be pre-empted, and truly it is at the Supreme Court that such liberties will either live or die. And the anger of free men, either grow or wane, with their forebearance of Justice at the awesome sight of either a brazen murder or a noble deed on the part of the High court to prove the corrigibility of a Democracy -- it's most underestimated quality -- the power to evolve, to correct excesses of its government, to inspire the people with the Majesty of the Law. It is that and no less that I demand of the Supreme Court.