Friday, February 24, 2006

GMA Declares State of Emergency

From Radio Free Harvard Cubao podcast -
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declares the whole country to be in a State of Emergency after an attempt by certain elements in the Armed Forces of the Philippines was stopped. Audio file was taken from the PCIJ blog. Also known as Proclamation No. 1017
MALACAÑANG PALACE MANILA 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. GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO President
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Blogger Allan said...

On this blog, one of the commentators noted that GMA's speech is quite similiar to the one used by Marcos's Martial Law declaration.

2/24/2006 03:40:00 PM  
Blogger juned said...


1) Same legal form, ie all decrees follows a prescribe format.
2) Justifications for state of emergency are nearly always the same. Threat to the people, threat to the state etc etc.

Important question is are they valid reasons? Is the threat imminent? Is there a clear and present danger to the state?

2/24/2006 03:45:00 PM  
Blogger Allan said...

akala ko copy paste lang yung document sa word 2003

2/24/2006 04:40:00 PM  
Blogger juned said...

Malamang may template for presidential decrees. :)

2/24/2006 08:13:00 PM  

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