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Petition to Delfin N. Lorenzana, Leni Robredo, Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen, Jose Christopher Belmonte, Risa Hontiveros, Socrates Villegas, Rose Trajano, Conchita Carpio-Morales, Cristina Ellezar Palabay, Emerlynne Gil, Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr., Antonio Carpio, Ma. Lourdes Sereno, Herbert Docena, Hajji Moh'd Ersad Malli, Paolo Manalo, Florin T. Hilbay, Michael L. Tan, Abdiel Dan Elijah S. Fajardo, Miro Quimbo, Peter Angelo V. Perfecto, Rex RB. Reyes, Jr., John Paolo A. Villasor, Leah C. Tanodra-Armamento, Robert Reyes, Sonia Punzalan, Oscar Moreno, Joel B. Doria, Teddy Baguilat, Marlon Manuel, Ryan V. Silverio

Uphold the Constitution, oppose a power grab

We Filipinos ask our soldiers and national leaders to uphold the Constitution and oppose efforts to establish authoritarian rule. With President Duterte's expressed plan to declare a revolutionary government, we Filipinos are facing the greatest threat to democracy and freedom since the Marcos dictatorship. Essentially a power grab, the establishment of a revolutionary government headed by Duterte would give him absolute control by eliminating checks and balances provided by a functioning Congress and Supreme Court and other Constitutional bodies and removing from us citizens the protection of the Bill of Rights. As dictator, he would have the power of life and death over Filipinos, much as Ferdinand Marcos did. Duterte, as revolutionary leader, cannot rule 100,000,000 Filipinos on 7,100 islands effectively without the support of our 500,000 soldiers who could implement his orders. Our Armed Forces through Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana must show him the logistical difficulty of such an enterprise, the threat to national security of a breakdown of law and order amidst threats from ISIS-like brigands and foreign countries, and the harm to our national and economic interests that would be brought about by the destruction of institutions it took our taxpayers and public servants decades to build. If despite sound advice, President Duterte still chooses to declare a revolutionary government, we ask our soldiers in the Armed Forces to stick to the Constitution and immediately support the oath-taking of the Vice-President who is next in its prescribed line of succession. Succession must be seamless. There must be almost no gap between the two events above to prevent the breakdown of law and order, a civil war, the repeat of dictatorship and plunder, or the invasion of our islands and seas by foreign elements that would exploit such a leviathan political crisis. Let us defend our Constitution and oppose President Duterte's planned revolutionary government by signing and sharing this petition. We are sending this to National Defense Secretary Lorenzana with copies furnished to Vice-President Leni Robredo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, Congressman Kit Belmonte, Senator Risa Hontiveros, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, KARAPATAN Executive Director Tinay Palabay, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) Secretary-General Rose Trajano, International Commission of Jurists Senior Legal Adviser Emerlynne Gil, and others.

Voltaire Veneracion
6,232 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

Let UN Rapporteur Investigate EJKs in the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has blocked any attempt by Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), from investigating possible human rights violations in the Philippines. President Duterte cites as basis the protection of Philippine sovereignty. (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/160067/president-curses-un-rapporteur) However, the first principle declared in our 1987 Constitution is that "[s]overeignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them." (Art. II, Sec. 1) The people are dying. The Philippine National Police has reported 6,225 drug-related deaths between July 2016 and September 2017. 3,850 have "died in police operations" while another 2,290 "deaths under investigation" have been determined to be "drug-related." (http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/10/07/1746112/pnp-6225-drug-related-deaths-no-extrajudicial-killings)Human rights organizations estimate the true number of deaths to be closer to 12,000. (https://www.rappler.com/nation/179222-chr-number-drug-war-victims) We, the sovereign people of the Philippines, will not keep silent as our fellow Filipinos are murdered in cold blood. We remind the President that his authority emanates from our sovereign will, and we demand that the government allow the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to conduct and independent investigation into the continuing massacre of our countrymen.  

Joey Reyes
23 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Martin Andanar, Rodrigo Duterte, Grace Poe Llamanzares, Aquilino Pimentel III, Cynthia Villar, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Francis Pangilinan

Oust Mocha as an ASEC of Presidential Communications Operations Office

Mocha or Esther Margaux Uson is currently the Assistant Secretary for Social Media of Presidential Communications Operations Office. She is also the blogger of Mocha Uson Blog. She is repeatedly delivering unverified news to the public where ironically, she is an anti-fake news advocate herself. But she only does so towards those she thinks are against her ideals, and obviously to those who are politically in contrast with the seated Administration and to President Duterte himself - a best example of blind fanaticism. As per Department of Budget and Management, she being an ASEC has a salary grade of SG 29 or amounting to a gross of P106, 454 monthly. Aside from that, she also earns Representation and Transportation Allowance, and other monetary allowances that would be up to P60,000. Being and ASEC of PCOO for Social Media, she herself has to be the representation of no fake news and be the advocate of getting into real news and devoid of bias, most especially she has a blog, with her namesake. Additionally, she should serve the Filipino people because she is a public servant, and not Duterte's servant. However, she does not admit to her mistakes and rather, tell her supporters that contradicting her is a propaganda by the allegedly "yellow people" and that they are paid or that she is saying in her blog that she is serving the Filipinos. Come on people. We are not paid. We know she is fake news from head to toe, naked. She is the one being paid, with money coming from the taxes of the Filipinos working hard. Mocha does not deserve the title. She is not a journalist. She is a laughing and irritating stock of the real news and journalism. By removing Mocha Uson, Filipinos are a step forward in making sure that competent appointees are those eligible for their respective positions.

Kremlin Pandaan
68,351 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to President Duterte

We are Mothers Against Extrajudicial Killings and Violence

President Duterte, As mothers who give birth to, and nurture the future of this nation, we demand that you end this drug war NOW. We fear for the youth, for our children every single day. When innocent lives are taken, the powers that be call it “collateral damage.” This senseless crusade is selective against the poor and the voiceless. We feel the pain of every mother who has lost a child to violence. We think of Althea Fhem Barbon (4 years old) and Kimberly dela Cruz (16 y.o.) who were hit by stray bullets, and Kian delos Santos (17 y.o.), Carl Arnaiz (19 y.o.), and Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman (14 y.o.) whose deaths involved police officers. Kian was the 54th minor killed in this drug war. We mourn too for the children who have been abused and killed by criminal elements, and whose mothers still cry for justice. When parents and grandparents are killed, it hurts us to think that we are creating a generation of orphans. The failure to fulfill your promise of peace and order, the daily killing of “drug suspects”, the random searches, the total disregard for human rights, the excuses of botched investigations by law enforcers themselves – these do not make us feel safe. As mothers, we worry about the safety of our children, their friends and their families. We are heartbroken over the killing of young people who, guilty or not, deserve due process. We are angered by the fear and violence that we are being made to accept as “normal.” Police forces, government officials, neighbors, and criminal elements can turn anyone into a suspect by simply writing a name down. What kind of world are we creating for our children, if they come to believe that killing is the easiest solution for the powerful? The menace of widespread drug abuse needs far-reaching and humane solutions. Many Filipino families are mired in poverty, lack education on drug abuse, and are torn apart by economic needs. While drug abuse victimizes the poor, drug peddling is a global business benefitting the rich. End poverty, invest more in education, and create viable employment for our children, and you will address the roots of the drug problem.  A macho/siga solution to the drug problem is inhumane, unjust, and criminal. Your public statements, irrational outbursts, and your “jokes” are contributing to a growing culture of violence, murder, and impunity. President Duterte, we will teach our children to hold your administration accountable for the 13,000+ extrajudicial killings carried out under your watch. We will teach them that this is not something to boast about, that the violence that surrounds us today is not “normal.” We will teach our children to be brave, to respect life, to value due process and human rights, and to speak out against the violence and injustice that you condone on the most vulnerable of our people. The Philippines is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Under Article 3, “ Everyone is entitled to life, liberty and security.” Articles 10 and 11, guarantee everyone’s right to a fair and public hearing and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The Philippine Constitution declares in Article 2, Section 4 that, “The prime duty of the Government is to serve and protect its people.” President Duterte, call off the police, the military, the vigilantes, and the assassins in your drug war. They listen to you. Tell them to leave our youth alone. Tell them to stop the killings. There is an alternative way to end this problem. Mothers of the Nation

Nanay Catalina de Castro
547 supporters