EDSA 2006 – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s – Proclamation 1017
(Quote) MALACAÑANG challenged critics of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s state of emergency proclamation to go to court, as it quashed talk of martial law. (QUOTE) “The President vows to limit the exercise of her powers to those that are necessary to contain the threats to national security,” he said, a day after Arroyo issued Proclamation 1017 that put the country under a state of national emergency.
THE ONLY SECURITY THAT WAS THREATENED, WAS THAT OF HER OWN POWER IN OFFICE.
Photos (DSC02443 and DSC02444) were taken seconds before the Philippine National Police attacked the crowd with billy clubs, backing them up were the Philippine Armed Forces, the Philippine Air Force. The second unprovoked harassment to incite violence came from using a fire hose on the legitimate crowd. The likely sponcer of this action was Gloria’s puppet major Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr from Quezon City. Nothing the demonstrators did in our presence would give any credibility to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s state of emergency proclamation, in particular the grounds given to make the proclamation. The only incitement to create violence came from government forces.
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Above the photos are in chronological order, showing how a peaceful demonstration was used to deceive the people into believing there were riots, giving just case to Proclamation 1017. The last 6 frames show a peaceful crowd leaving Edsa. As a foreign observer I was staggered by the Presidents ability to use the Armed Forces Ground Troops, the Air Force and the Pasig Fire Department and the Queson City Fire Department for control over her political allies by means of brute force, intimidation, false arrests, state control of the media, and the brutal murder of journalists.
Best Quote of the Day comes from “Philippine Daily Enquirer”
“A President who assumed office by virtue of the reprise of People Power in 2001 now desecrates the memory of the original by declaring a state of emergency in the middle of the four day observance of Edsa’s 20th anniversary”