QUICK RESPONSE TO Duterte´s threats to suspend writ of habeas corpus and declare revolutionary war

By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
April 5, 2019

Duterte cannot engage in a revolutionary war because he is a counterrevolutionary agent of foreign monopoly capitalists, big compradors and big landlords. He is a bureaucrat capitalist of the worst kind.

He should not misappropriate and besmirch the noble calling of revolutionary. He is a tyrant, traitor, plunderer and mass murderer hell-bent on imposing a fascist dictatorship on the Filipino people through charter change to a bogus kind of federalism.

He is already engaged in de facto martial law nationwide and in the de facto suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. He is increasingly engaged in mass intimidation, mass arrests and mass murders.The people are therefore already rising up against his reign of greed and terror.

If he formally proclaims the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus or even martial law nationwide, he will only succeed in further enraging the people and inciting them to wage all forms of revolutionary resistance. The real revolutionary war is against his ongoing counterrevolutionary war.

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Duterte threatens to suspend writ of habeas corpus, declare ‘revolutionary war’

President Rodrigo Duterte, outraged at criticisms of his order to review all government contracts, slams Senator Franklin Drilon and threatens to arrest ‘all’ his critics
Pia Ranada
@piaranada
Published 8:55 PM, April 04, 2019
Updated 9:04 PM, April 04, 2019

THREATS. President Rodrigo Duterte bristles at words of caution about his order to review government contracts. Malacañang photo

MANILA, Philippines – Outraged by words of caution on his order for a review of all government contracts, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and arrest “all” of his critics.

In the same breath, Duterte warned he would declare a “revolutionary war” if pushed to a corner.

“Pero pag ako ang pinaabot niyo ng sagad, I will declare a suspension of writ of habeas corpus and I will arrest all of you. Isama ko kayo sa mga kriminal, rebelde, pati dorogista,” he said on Thursday, April 4, in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

(If you push me to my limit, I will declare a suspension of writ of habeas corpus and I will arrest all of you. I will put you together with the criminals, rebels, and drug lords.)

He was speaking at a gathering of lawyers, the Annual Convention of the Prosecutor’s League of the Philippines. A key foundation of the Constitution, the writ of habeas corpus compels the state to present an arrested person in court and explain his or her detention. It is suspended only in time of war or under a dictatorship.

“Pahirapan mo ako, I will declare a revolutionary war until the end of my term. Pasensyahan tayo,” he continued.

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