Undeterred, militant groups in Cebu to stage June 12 rally

6/11/2020 10:39:00 AM

CEBU CITY, Philippines -- Militant groups in Cebu will be staging another rally calling for the rejection of the controversial Anti-Terror Bill (ATB), among others, on Friday, June 12 as the nation

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CDNTopStories: Militant groups in Cebu will be staging another rally calling for the rejection of the controversial Anti-Terror Bill (ATB), among others, on Friday, June 12 as the nation celebrates its 122nd Independence Day.

CEBU CITY, Philippines -- Militant groups in Cebu will be staging another rally calling for the rejection of the controversial Anti-Terror Bill (ATB), among others, on Friday, June 12 as the nation

Anti-Terror Bill rally in front of UP Cebu on June 5 | Photo courtesy of Tug-aniREAD MORE:Ruiz said they were not deterred by the arrest of eight people, including Bayan- Central Visayas chairperson Jaime Paglinawan, after a similar rally last June 5 that happened in front of the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.

The Bayan-Central Visayas coordinator said they were planning to hold their Independence Day Rally in UP Cebu or Plaza Independencia or both.Last June 5, the police arrested and lodged cases against seven activists and one bystander after dispersing a protest calling to scrap the Anti-Terror Bill in front of UP Cebu.

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Erram - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital |   Anti-Terror Bill rally in front of UP Cebu on June 5 | Photo courtesy of Tug-ani CEBU CITY, Philippines — Militant groups in Cebu will be staging another rally calling for the rejection of the controversial Anti-Terror Bill (ATB), among others, on Friday, June 12 as the nation celebrates its 122nd Independence Day. This despite warnings from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) that participants could be arrested for violating quarantine protocols. Guillermo Eleazar, the Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander, assured protesters that maximum tolerance would be observed by the police. READ MORE: PNP, DILG warn terror bill critics planning June 12 protests “Yes (we will join the Independence Day rally), and we are now discussing with the other groups on our final details. For overtime work (work done in excess of eight hours), the Labor department said they shall be paid an additional 30% of their hourly rate. But what’s certain is that many committed to joining the cause,” John Ruiz, Bagong Alyansa Makabayan (Bayan) Central Visayas coordinator, told CDN Digital in a phone interview in Cebuano. But if the protesters violate health protocols, Eleazar said, “We will be compelled to disperse them. Ruiz said they were not deterred by the arrest of eight people, including Bayan- Central Visayas chairperson Jaime Paglinawan, after a similar rally last June 5 that happened in front of the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City. For me, I want us to remain under GCQ after June 15.

“For us, it’s not really about the question of health. That’s disobedience and resistance already,” he pointed out. For overtime work on a regular holiday that also falls on the employee’s rest day, they shall be paid an additional 30% of their hourly rate on the said day. There’s no such law saying it’s illegal to oppose a bill in a peaceful protest. They (police) are just using the health protocols as basis to arrest and file cases to pin us down,” he said. Opponents of the antiterrorism measure say it could be used to suppress dissent, and violate civil and political rights. “There should always be someone or a group who will actively remind the public that they have the right to organize a venue in order to air out our grievances and that it cannot be curtailed,” he added. Related Posts. The Bayan-Central Visayas coordinator said they were planning to hold their Independence Day Rally in UP Cebu or Plaza Independencia or both. The use of the term, which is a traditional early morning serenade, is a swipe at the 55th birthday celebration of Metro Manila’s police chief Maj. I think we don’t need a MECQ,” said the mayor.

Aside from protesting against the Anti-Terror Bill, which was now pending for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval, Ruiz said they would also be calling for the government to re-shift its focus on addressing the pandemic. “We have to remind our government that there is still the need for mass testing, provide solutions on the demand from the public who are greatly affected by the lockdowns and that the rush on having the Anti-Terror Bill approved is unnecessary and untimely,” he said. Debold Sinas, who escaped sanctions from his superiors for alleged violations of quarantine rules. Last June 5, the police arrested and lodged cases against seven activists and one bystander after dispersing a protest calling to scrap the Anti-Terror Bill in front of UP Cebu. The individuals, who were arrested, are facing charges of disobedience to authority, holding of general assembly without a permit, to name some. Felimon Santos Jr. The Municipal Trial Court in Cities of Cebu City has ordered the release of the eight people, collectively known as Cebu 8, last Monday as the cases are being heard.

READ MORE: Cebu 8 lawyers to pursue countercharges vs arresting cops In the meantime, Ruiz assured the public that health and distancing protocols would be ‘seriously observed’ during their planned rally this Friday. “But if any of them commits an act or acts which are included in the definition of terrorism, then they will be prosecuted and penalized under the proposed law,” Santos said. “For the record, we do not take COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) as a joke. Among the things we discussed is the mandatory wearing of face masks, and proper distancing during the protest,” Ruiz said. The Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (Contend) said its members and supporters would assert their right to protest and stage the Independence Day protest at the UP Diliman campus even though the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) limited mass gathering to 10 people. /dbs Read Next Gwen to IATF: Don’t lump us with HUCs when deciding quarantine status Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of Cebudailynews. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards. The IATF guidelines are only guidelines; it is not law.

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