Davao mayor says senator sounds like terrorists' spokesperson

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio questioned the claims of Senator Risa Hontiveros that what happened in Marawi City is not rebellion, citing that her statement could have abetted such.

Duterte-Carpio sought clarification from the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the definition of rebellion and its parameters which prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law last May 23 after a terror attack broke out in Marawi City sowed by the Maute Group, who at the same time is the group behind the Roxas night market blast.

“Question lang sa DOJ, kung rebellion ang crime and this woman is saying it is not rebellion, are her words encouraging them to commit the crime? And so it becomes abetting rebellion?" Duterte said in a Facebook post, referring to Hontivero’s interview in UNTV.

"She works for the government that the terrorists are fighting... paki explain beh. Wala gyud ko kasabot [I really don’t understand].”

She also said that, the way Hontiveros is allegedly attempting to defend the terrorist, Hontiveros seemed to act like she is the Maute’s spokesperson.

“Paki explain sako ani..kay murag na siya spokesperson sa mga terrorista.. (Please explain this to me… because she’s like the spokesperson of the terrorists) and why is nobody doing anything about this?” she said.

Meanwhile, president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Davao City chapter Lawyer Rogelio Largo said that what is happening in Marawi City is pure rebellion contrary to the different understanding of Hontiveros as defined in the Revised Penal Code.

“As defined, it refers to the public apprising or rising up in arms against a duly constituted authority for the purpose of removing allegiance to that authority so that’s rebellion,” Largo said.

He noted that it is apparent that the rebels are trying to occupy the government buildings and other structures and raising a flag of a foreign sovereign which is the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (Isis) which constitute to rebellion.

“They were trying to install another sovereign authority and you cannot have two sovereign authorities existing in one place,” he said.

He added, “If you see an activity like that, then that would really tend to suggest that they were trying to remove people’s allegiance to the duly constituted authority and that is the Republic of the Philippines.”

According to him, if that comes from the mouth of the senator, she might possibly be misinformed of the elements of rebellion.

Article 7, Section 18 of the Constitution stated "in case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it, the President may, for a period not exceeding 60 days, suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, or place the Philippines or any part thereof under martial law."
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