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#30KabayanPartyList sa pag-gunita sa ika-30 Anibersaryo ng EDSA People Power

Larawan mula sa Philippine Star 14July2015

Ginugunita natin ang ika-30 anibersaryo ng EDSA People sa taon na may pambansang halalan. Sa panahong ito nananawagan ang Kabayan Party List na ipagpatuloy ang pakikibaka para sa demokrasya sa pamamagitan ng pagsasa-institusyon ng People Power.

“Mahalaga sa ganitong hangarin ang mapanglahok na pamamahala; pagiging bukas ng mga institusyon; at ang pagkakaroon ng pananagutan ng lahat ng kasapi sa lipunan. Ito ang hamon sa mga tumatakbo at sa mga botante.”

Atty. Harry Roque, pangunahing kinatawan ng#30Kabayan Party List sa Halalan 2016

 

We are marking the 30th anniversary of EDSA People Power in an election year. Kabayan calls for strengthening democracy and institutionalizing people power. Essential to these aspirations are participatory governance, transparency of institutions, and the accountability of all actors.This is the challenge to those seeking public office and to the voters.

Atty. Harry Roque, first nominee, #30Kabayan Party List for Congress 2016

Centerlaw supports Rappler’s suit against Comelec Chair over Presidential Debates Coverage

CenterLaw Release
Reference : Atty. Romel R. Bagares, Executive Director 09328798422

 

The Center for International Law (CenterLaw) supports Rappler’s move to hold into account before the Supreme Court Commission on Elections chair Andres Bautista’s arbitrary decision to limit coverage of Presidential debates only to big media companies.

“The media debates are a matter of public interest; therefore these should have been made available to as wide an audience and as many media channels as is possible,” said lawyer Romel R. Bagares, Executive Director of the non-profit dedicated to the promotion of free expression in the Philippines and in Asia.

He said that the Commission on Elections did not conduct an industry-wide consultation on the conduct of the official debates, but instead called only a few Manila-based media outfits to play host to these.

This, he said, was discriminatory and violates the constitutional principle of equal protection.

“Also, provincial media organizations were treated like they did not exist,” said Bagares, citing the first Comelec Presidential Debates conducted early this week in Cagayan De Oro City and hosted by GMA Network Inc. and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“Local media organizations were initially barred from covering the event, but because they protested, they were let in provided they left outside their cameras and recording equipment.”

Earlier, the Rappler said in a statement that:

“Instead of ensuring a wider distribution of the debate, the Comelec Chairman granted exclusive broadcasting and livestreaming rights to hand-picked partners – to the detriment of all other media outlets, including the government-owned PTV4.

Online news groups were excluded from the MOA in terms of coverage and live video streaming rights – a MOA Rappler signed based on good faith assurances that access would be granted. That didn’t happen.”

Last Friday, the online news and media portal asked the Supreme Court to compel the Comelec to open the Presidential debates to all media outfits, and not just a few favored by the Comelec chair.

Bagares added that, “What the Comelec should have done is to call all our media organizations in the country, whether print, broadcast or web-based, to form a presidential debate committee. The media organizations should have been allowed to decide for themselves who would host which debates, but everyone should be welcome at the table, subject to reasonable coverage guidelines.”

On Pacquiao & LGBT rights

Harry on LGBT

Rep. Manny Pacquiao is my boxing idol but I must warn against discriminatory statements against the lesbian, bay, bisexual and transgender community. Discrimination has resulted in social exclusion in Philippine society, human rights violations and horrific crimes as what happened to Jennifer Laude. We must all work for the observance of the constitutionally entrenched human rights and dignity of all citizens.

Atty. Harry Roque
1st Nominee #30 KABAYAN Party List

 

Roque hits use of 4 P's for Liberal electioneering

Former UP Law Professor, First nominee of KABAYAN party list, today condemned the Liberal Party’s use of the 4 P’s in support of the candidacy of LP’s standard bearer.

“I have evidence that the Liberal Party in Cagayan province has been using the 4 P’s for partisan putposes. The modus is the local DILG’s Community Convenors, together with the DSWD’s Comunity link will summon the family leaders of the 4 P’s recipients to meet with the local LP candidates.  They are then made to sign an application form for a Pro Mar-Leni parallel organization created exclusively for 4 P’s recipients.  Those who refuse to sign are threatened that they will be removed from the 4P’s program. They are also spreading the misinformation that VP Jejomar Binay will abolish the 4P’s program”.

Binay has consistently denied that he will abolish the 4P’s first implemented by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He has instead promised to expand and further rationalize the program.

Roque warned The Liberal Party that this scheme is both an election offense and a violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Section 261(o) of Omnibus Election Code prohibits the use of public funds, for an election campaign.

Notice for Coverage

Confronting An Illegal Mandamus : Velasco VS Speaker Belmonte A presscon by Marinduque Rep. Regina Ongsiako Reyes and her legal counsel, Atty. Harry L. Roque, Jr.   When: 20 January 2016, Wednesday, 2:00 PM Where: Press Room, House of Representatives More →

Roque clarifies that Rep. Regina O. Reyes remains in Congress

Reference: Atty. Harry L. Roque, Jr 09175398096 Atty. Harry Roque, counsel of Rep. Regina Ongsiako Reyes, clarifies that Rep. Reyes continues to be the lawful Representative of Marinduque in Congress. “The Supreme Court’s spoke person merely announced that the Court allegedly ruled against Rep. Reyes. No actual resolution has been issued by the Court neither […] More →

Statement on the Japanese-South Korean Comfort Women Settlement

Harry Roque 09175398096 and Romel Regalado Bagares 09328798422, counsel for Malaya Lolas Why is Japan settling the Comfort Women issue only with South Korea and not  with the Philippines or any other country whose citizens fell victim to the rapacious Japanese Imperial Army? Are Filipinas raped and ravaged by the Japanese Imperial Army during World […] More →

Copies of the Laude complaint and petition

Please click here for a copy of the COMPLAINT filed by the Laude family charging Presidential Commission on Visiting Forces Agreement (PCVF) Undersecretary Eduardo Oban Jr. with the crime of OPEN DISOBEDIENCE under Article 231 of the Revised Penal Code at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Click here for a copy of the Petition for […] More →

Marilou Laude, sister of Jennifer Laude, to file petition citing Usec Oban for indirect contempt

Marilou S. Laude, the sister of Jennifer Laude, will file a “PETITION TO CITE FOR INDIRECT CONTEMPT” Undersecretary Eduardo Oban, the Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on Visiting Forces Agreement, and Respondent John Does, the eleven (11) unidentified US Security Personnel accompanying and guarding the convicted US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton on the day […] More →