‘Martial’ law in Zambo?


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Latest News Philippines: ‘Martial’ law in Zambo? – Journal.com.ph:

A ZAMBOANGA del Norte lawmaker yesterday decried the failure of Interior and Local Government Sec. Manuel Roxas to stop the existence of the seeming “Martial” law in his province.

In a privilege speech, Rep. Seth Frederick Jalosjos, a member of the Nacionalista Party (NP), scored the failure of Roxas to stop the abuse of police checkpoints in his province led by Police Supt. Reynaldo Maclang who is the provincial public safety commander of Zamboanga del Norte.

Jalosjos, son of former Congressman Romeo Jalosjos, accused the team of Maclang of violating the checkpoints protocol when they flagged down his driver, illegally inspected his belongings and instructed the latter to bring the vehicle to the police headquarters.

He said his driver was on his way to the airport to fetch him. “Eto na ba ang bagong style ng MAR-tial Law?” Jalosjos asked. “These acts are in violation of the plain view doctrine,” he said, referring to Philippine National Police (PNP) guidelines on checkpoints.

“It is my constitutional right to be secured of my life, liberty and property. Wala po siyang (Maclang’s team) karapatan na pabuksan ang bag o iba pang kagamitan sa loob ng sasakyan,” Jalosjos added.

Jalosjos said Roxas was sitting on their complaints against Maclang. “Ang sagot lang po ni Mr. Secretary: ‘Those are serious allegations Governor’ five days after, instead of investigating and suspending P/Supt. Maclang, DILG Secretary Roxas promoted Maclang to his current position,” Jalosjos said.

“Mr. Speaker, I am questioning the integrity and capability of the present leadership of the DILG. Makabagong bersyon po ba ito ng diktatorya?” he said.

The lawmaker said Maclang was the batchmate of Superintendent Hansel Marantan, the controversial police officer involved in the gruesome Atimonan killing on Jan. 6, had been slapped with series of cases of human rights violations.

Jalosjos also questioned the decision of the DILG to reinstall Maclang in his post who was then relieved as police chief in the province.

He added that he feels there are threats to his life following the series of “harassment” against him and his family in his province.”Mr. Speaker, how can this be? How can a man disregard the rules? And with impunity, put to jail those who are against him? Mr. Speaker, we are powerless when the people mandated by law to protect us are the very persons who become perpetrators of crimes.”

“The police should be the entity where we go whenever we ask for redress of our grievances, and yet, Maclang had become the exact opposite. He has become the modern menace,” Jalosjos said.

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