PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa said the PNP would not recommend martial law outside of Mindanao. De la Rosa issued the statement on Tuesday following a series of arrests of suspected terrorists in and around Metro Manila, the latest of which was the capture of Abdul Nasser Lomondot and his wife Raisalam in Manila on March 3. De la Rosa admitted to lapses in the security in Mindanao that may have allowed terrorists to escape to other areas but this should not be a basis for an extended martial law. “Porke’t nakalusot sila sa Mindanao, ieextend na rin yung Martial Law nila? We cannot make excuses for our weaknesses,” he said. (Just because they escaped Mindanao, does this mean we should extend Martial Law to other areas of the country?) The Lomondots came to Manila last January as refugees after the Marawi siege ended in October. Lomondot is an alleged Maute sub-leader who killed innocent Catholic individuals and harassed … [Read more...] about De la Rosa: PNP won’t recommend martial law outside of Mindanao
MANILA - Two farmers and part-time small-scale miners filed a complaint at the Commission on Human Rights over the supposed first documented case of torture allegedly perpetrated by soldiers while martial rule is in effect in Mindanao. Congress extends Mindanao martial law until end of 2018 SC upholds year-long Mindanao martial law extension Janry Mensis, 22, and 17-year-old Jerry (not his real name) were accompanied by human rights group Karapatan to ask for an investigation on the alleged abduction, illegal detention, and torture done by the the police and the Philippine Army. According to Mensis, they were abducted by the police on November 28, 2017 in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte after being accused as thieves and were then turned over to the 71st Infantry Battalion where they were then beaten and tortured for 8 days after being accused as members of the New People's Army. On December 6, 2017, they were brought to a mountainous area in Compostela Valley and were thrown into a pit … [Read more...] about Farmers file first torture complaint vs AFP under Mindanao martial law
With 2014 behind us, it is time to reflect on 12 months – that is 365 days, or 8,765 hours – of news that transformed Phuket and deeply affected how the island is perceived by the outside world. Here, the Phuket Gazette‘s Somchai Huasaikul looks through our archives at the game-changing moments of 2014. PHUKET: The year that was 2014 started out like many that preceded it, with continued expansion of the island’s tourism industry, despite continuing complaints about Phuket’s tuk-tuk mafia, jet-ski scammers, growing environmental concerns and fears surrounding tourist safety in general. At the start of the year, Phuket Provincial Hall was the site for near-daily street protests led by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). Aimed at forcing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down so that Thailand could somehow be “restarted” as a corruption-free realm under a new Constitution, the PDRC claimed an appointed ruling board … [Read more...] about Tourism, martial law: Looking back at Phuket in 2014
MANILA - A final batch of human rights victims during Martial Law is set to receive monetary reparation, as an independent board continues to clean up its list for any fraudulent claims with less than 3 months left before it is dissolved. The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board has only until May 12 this year to distribute the remainder of the P10 billion in Ferdinand Marcos’ secret Swiss bank deposits recovered by the Philippine government. The board has approved 9,204 claims and released P362.4 million for 5,121 claimants, said board chairman Lina Sarmiento. She said the board had completed deliberations on all 75,730 claims and was “unlikely” to approve half of them. The next batch of approved claims to be released this month could include less than 3,000 names, she said. “Sigurado pong merong hindi magiging masaya sa naging desisyon ng board dito,” she told a forum in Manila. (For sure, some will not be happy with the board's … [Read more...] about 3 months left to indemnify Martial Law victims
In the aftermath of a truck robbery in which one hostage and one suspect were killed, officials are now floating the idea of reintroducing martial law in the southern provinces – specifically districts in Songkhla. Thavorn Senniam, former deputy interior minister and former member of Songkhla’s House of Representatives, says that the government should consider declaring martial law in some of Songkhla’s districts. Four districts were under martial law since January 2004 but it was later lifted in 2010 and replaced by the National Security Act, which Thavorn says is too weak and blames the current Act for the upsurge in southern violence. On Wednesday morning (August 16), seven gunmen raided a car dealership in Songkhla’s Na Tawee district. They stole five cars and abducted four men, including the business’ owner. One hostage was shot to death. Another was badly injured by a gunshot wound while two escaped to seek help from police. The far-south provinces … [Read more...] about Southern violence moving further north. Former Minister recommends martial law in Songkhla.