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HR 1996 - Condemning Violent Dispersal of Occupy Mendiola Protesters

HR 1996 - Condemning Violent Dispersal of Occupy Mendiola Protesters

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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City, Metro Manila
FIFTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session
1996
House Resolution No.
Introduced by
Kabataan Partylist Representative RAYMOND V. PALATINO, Bayan Muna
Partylist Representatives TEDDY A. CASINO and NERI J. COLMENARES, Anakpawis
Partylist Representative RAFAEL "KA PAENG" V. MARIANO, Gabriela Women's Party
Representatives LUZ C. ILAGAN and EMMI A. DE JESUS, and ACT Teachers Partylist
Representative ANTONIO L. TINIO
A RESOLUTION
CONDEMNING THE VIOLENT DISPERSAL OF PROTESTERS AT MENDIOLA LAST
DECEMBER 6 and 7, 2011 SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE THE CELEBRATION OF THEINTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, AND CONDEMNING THE PHILIPPINE
NATIONAL POLICE IN BRANDING LEGITIMATE ACTS OF PROTEST AS SEDITIONWHEREAS,
the Philippine Constitution of 1987 guarantees freedom of speech and right
to peaceably assemble. Article III, Section 4 states: "No law shall be passed abridging the
freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances";
WHEREAS,
December 10 is International Human Rights Day, the commemoration of the
adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights where it is stated inArticle 19: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression," and Article 20: "(1)
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association,";
WHEREAS,
last December 6, 2011, four days before the commemoration of IntemationHuman Rights Day, thousands of people from various sectors launched the first of the five-day
series of camp-out protest that will feature concerts, a fashion show and festive activities aimed at
creating public awareness on insufficient funds for basic services, poverty, worsening human
rights violations, unemployment and other social injustices;
WHEREAS,
as the protesters marched to Mendiola they were refused access and water-cannoned by the police composed of four Philippine National Police (PNP) arresting teams, the
region 1 police, and three National Capital Region (NCR) police districts;
WHEREAS,
last December 7, 2011, the second day of the camp-out protest, when
protesters again marched to Mendiola and asserted their right to assemble at the said area, they
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