Statement on Senator Richard Gordon’s proposal to grant President Duterte power to suspend the writ of habeas corpus

The proposal of Senator Gordon to grant power to President Duterte to suspend the writ of habeas corpus is patently unconstitutional. Section 18, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution states that the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus can only be suspended by the President by reason of invasion or rebellion, and subject to legal and judicial challenge on legal and factual basis.

The writ of habeas corpus has been, and still remains, the best guarantee for the right to liberty. Even in the fight against terror, the United States Supreme Court said it cannot be denied without a counterpart guarantee.

Suspending the writ of habeas corpus and revoking civil liberties is a slippery and dangerous path to Martial Law. And as no such invasion or rebellion has occurred, there is no legal standing for the President to suspend the writ.

Statement of Rep. Harry L. Roque on the cancellation of the bilateral talks of Presidents Obama and Duterte

I stand behind and admire President Duterte’s espousal for an independent foreign policy. I am concerned, however, that the President’s undiplomatic language may unnecessarily cause diplomatic wrinkles, much like the cancellation of his bilateral talks with President Obama. An independent foreign policy need not result in the disturbance of friendly relations with our traditional allies. To achieve this, tact, not firebrand rhetoric, is key.

Moreover, an independent foreign policy still makes all countries and their leaders accountable to established human rights conventions and institutions. Being asked about extralegal killings must be welcomed if we are to take the path of stopping the environment of impunity now prevailing.

Whatever the case may be, human rights is always an issue that concerns the international community.

Harry Roque files bill renaming Libingan ng Mga Bayani

Kabayan Party-list Representative Harry L. Roque filed a bill on Wednesday seeking to rename the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB) to Libingan ng Mga Bayani at Mga Dating Pangulo.

Roque filed  House Bill 3287 in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to bury the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the LNMB.

“It appears that the Duterte administration, barring a Supreme Court permanent injunction, is intent on interring the remains of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani,” he said in his exploratory note.

“By renaming the ‘Libingan ng Mga Bayani’ to ‘Libingan ng Mga Bayani at Mga Dating Pangulo,’ we can defer from judging whether a former President was or was not a ‘hero.’ Let the people’s memory be the judge – not the whims of a certain administration,” he added.

Roque said the planned burial “is causing massive unrest among Filipinos who question the heroism of former President Marcos, given the human rights record of the Martial Law years.”

“From both a legal and moral standpoint, many Filipinos, especially victims of the evils of Martial Law, question the propriety of burying Marcos at the LNMB,” he said.

“The State, in the spirit of democratic deliberation, may address the simmering controversy through the People’s representatives in Congress, through a legislative act that honors the memories of those who suffered under Martial Law as well as affords a former President of the Republic a final resting place for his remains,” Roque added.

Statement of Rep. Harry L. Roque on President Duterte’s threat to withdraw the Philippines’ membership from the United Nations

The threat of President Duterte to withdraw the Philippines’ membership from the United Nations (UN) is impulsive, imprudent, and contrary to the interests of the nation. The UN is an organization that embodies fundamental principles of international peace and cooperation. The Philippines has relied on the UN and its Charter in its defense against China’s […] More →

Charter change will not help poor

Charter change will not help poor Originally published on July 6, 2016 10:30 pm by Llanesca T. Panti, The Manila Times Charter change will not help poor – lawmaker Amending the 1987 Constitution to implement federalism— a system wherein regions will be self-governing under a federal government—will not solve widespread poverty, a lawmaker said Wednesday. […] More →

Maligayang pagbati, Onesimo!

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Maligayang pagbati sa mga nagtapos sa mga programa ng Onesimo Foundation!

Dumalo si Atty. Harry Roque ng KABAYAN Party List sa graduation ceremonies ng Onesimo Foundation.

“Sa lahat ng aking mga layunin at adbokasiya, ang Onesimo Foundation ang isa sa mga pinakamalapit sa aking puso. Ang Onesimo ay isang faith-based organization na tumutulong sa mga urban youth. Ang organisasyon na ito ay itinaguyod namin ng aking kaibigan na si Chris Schneider halos dalawang dekada na ang nakalipas. Si Chris ay isang Swiss na tapat ang pagmamahal at paglilingkod sa mga Pilipino. Nagsi More →

KABAYAN sa Aklan

KABAYAN sa Kalibo

KABAYAN sa Kalibo

Mayad-ayad nga hapon, Kalibo!
Saeamat sa inyong pagtanggap sa Team KABAYAN Party List!
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KABAYAN sa Cauayan, Isabela

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Atty Harry Roque ng KABAYAN Party List sa Cauayan, Isabela 4March2016

Naimbag nga bigat yu amin, Cauayan!
Salamat sa inyong pagtanggap sa KABAYAN Party List. Agyaman kami apo!

Sumama po kami nang dumalo si UNA standard bearer Jejemar Binay sa kanyang probinsiya, Isabela.

Pakiboto po KABAYAN Party List, #30 sa inyong balota!

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KABAYAN sa Pondohan Series

KABAYAN sa Pondohan Series

KABAYAN sa Pondohan Series

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KABAYAN sa Roxas City

Team KABAYAN sa Kapiz Mansion, Roxas City

Team KABAYAN sa Kapiz Mansion, Roxas City

Mayad-ayad nga hapon, Roxas City! Salamat kaayad sa inyong pagtanggap sa Team KABAYAN na kinatawan ni Aileen Garcia.

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KABAYAN congratulates 2015 Bar Topntocher

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Bar topnotcher Rachel Miranda (first on the left) with the rest of the members of the University of the Philippines Moot Team that won the 2015 Oxford Price Moot Court Competition in Oxford, UK on March 28, 2015: Pauline Gairanod, Apessa Chungalao, Macel Sen More →