CAN YOU SPELL F-A-S-C-I-S-M General? (Just asking!)
I feel a supernal ENVY for those most fortunate descendants of the great American Freedom Fighter Justice Frederick O. Douglass who said, "Your forefathers were men of peace; but they preferred revolution to peaceful submission to bondage. They were quiet men but they did not shrink from agitating against oppression. They showed forebearance but they knew its limits. They believed in order but not the order of tyranny. With them nothing was "settled" that was not right. With them, justice, liberty and humanity were "final" -- but not slavery and oppression. You may well cherish the memory of such men, for they seized upon eternal principles, and set a glorious example in their defense. Mark them."
And now I am about to violate the Copyrights of the ABSCBN Network by posting below the audio recording I made last Friday night of a most excellent discussion on Proclamation 1017, worthy of the Volokh Conspiracy, except it suffers from the evanescent ethereality of all television. If you didn't watch it or have a good DVD recorder, you won't benefit from the discussion. So for the vast asynchronous audience that doesn't have a clue as to what is really going on in the Philippine Archipelago of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, I hereby willingly violate the Intellectual Property Rights Act of the Philippines, begging only the indulgence of that huge ABSCBN Network, considering that Philippine Commentary is still Google ad-free. This discussion may be the last truly free public discussion of this issue. As this is an issue "tainted with public interest," my conscience is clear even as I publicly confess my crime to the party whose commercial and proprietary interests may be damaged hereby--
Here are lawyers, Dong Puno, Marichu Lambino, Dean Raul Pangalangan (University of the Philippines Law School and Harvard University) and Amado Valdez. (audio portion of Dong Puno Live telecast by ABSCBN News on ANC 24 February 2006 2100 gmt+8)
Legal Analysis of Proclamation 1017 on Dong Puno Live (Part 1)
Legal Analysis of Proclamation 1017 on Dong Puno Live (Part 2)
Philippine Commentary releases to the public domain for as wide distribution as possible the following audio recording of President Arroyo announcing Proclamation 1017 and an accompanying English Translation of it.
The Original in Pilipino (MP3)
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Proclaiming Exec. Order No. 1017
24 February 2006
1125 am GMT+8
I have translated the President's remarks into English for non-speakers of Pilipino national language. But I would appreciate suggestions for improving its fidelity to the letter and spirit, or should I say, the sound and the sense of the above original from Readers in the Comment Thread. Salamat in advance.
PRES. ARROYO: "My Countrymen, I have declared a state of emergency because of a clear and present danger to the Republic which we detected and foiled. There are several who attempted to deviate from the chain of command, in violation of civilian government, and to establish an unconstitutional regime. We defeated this plot. Part of our action was to capture the military and civilian conspirators. We shall also not let pass the financial and political support for the rebellion. The govt has stopped this illegal action. Aside from the few who who broke away, all officers of the military are properly in line down to batallion level. As Commanderj-in-Chief I have full control of the situation. I just finished meeting with my Cabinet, who are united in the public service inspite of the security calamity. I am calling on all local govts to continue to serve. The people's safety and security should not be endangered. Meantime, I am leaving to the Chief of the AFP and the Chief of the Police, all required actions. They will report to media about what will happen next. The Foreign Affairs Secretary will brief the diplomatic embassies. But here is my warning to those plotting against the nation, the full force of the law will fall on your treachery. You are harming the poor in dragging us down from our proper level in the world (senseless phrase here she read the prompter wrong!) You are unmooring the economy from its strengthening fundamentals. My countrymen I ask you all to stay calm. I ask the Media to report events according to public duty, and don't allow harmful rumor and wrong news. Thank you for believing in our naton and our bright future. May God bless the Filipino nation."Here is Proclamation 1017 itself--
At this point I want to thank blogs that have paid attention to our grievous situation in the Philippine Archipelago--Austin Bay and the Belmont Club.
PROCLAMATION NO. 1017
PROCLAMATION DECLARING A STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, over these past months, elements in the political opposition have conspired with authoritarians of the extreme Left represented by the NDF-CPP-NPA and the extreme Right, represented by military adventurists — the historical enemies of the democratic Philippine State — who are now in tactical alliance and engaged in a concerted and systematic conspiracy, over a broad front, to bring down the duly constituted Government elected in May 2004.
WHEREAS, these conspirators have repeatedly tried to bring down the President;
WHEREAS, the claims of these elements have been recklessly magnified by certain segments of the national media;
WHEREAS, this series of actions is hurting the Philippine State — by obstructing governance including hindering the growth of the economy and sabotaging the people’s confidence in government and their faith in the future of this country;
WHEREAS, these actions are adversely affecting the economy;
WHEREAS, these activities give totalitarian forces of both the extreme Left and extreme Right the opening to intensity their avowed aims to bring down the democratic Philippine State;
WHEREAS, Article 2, Section 4 of our Constitution makes the defense and preservation of the democratic institutions and the State the primary duty of Government;
WHEREAS, the activities above-described, their consequences, ramifications and collateral effects constitute a clear and present danger to the safety and the integrity of the Philippine State and of the Filipino people;
NOW, THEREFORE, I Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Republic of the Philippines and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested upon me by Section 18, Article 7 of the Philippine Constitution which states that: “ The President…whenever it becomes necessary,…may call out (the) armed forces to prevent or suppress…rebellion…, “ and in my capacity as their Commander-in-Chief, do hereby command the Armed Forces of the Philippines, to maintain law and order throughout the Philippines, prevent or suppress all forms of lawless violence as well any act of insurrection or rebellion and to enforce obedience to all the laws and to all decrees, orders and regulations promulgated by me personally or upon my direction; and as provided in Section 17, Article 12 of the Constitution do hereby declare a State of National Emergency.
IN WITNESS HEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
Done in the City of Manila, this 24th day of February, in the year of Our Lord, two thousand and six.
Republic of the Philippines
God Bless Us All!
Who Is Col. Ariel Querubin? PCIJ/blog has the backgrounder on the Marine officer at the center of yesterday's action at Fort Bonifacio.
Manuel L. Quezon III was actually at the scene yesterday and gives a first person account...also how Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will discover what it is to take on the people who buy ink by the barrel. MLQ3 posts the Transcript of the Media Press Freedom Converence.