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Monday, May 16, 2005

sounds famili.... "martial law?"

By Jasper Almirante/ Bulatlat

Peaceful assembly and free expression are basic civil rights, enshrined no less in the Philippine Constitution. But amid public discontent over oil price hikes and other issues, the authorities have found a convenient pretext for suppressing the exercise of these rights: the Marcos-vintage no-permit-no-rally policy. The use of a no-permit-no-rally policy to crush almost every act of legitimate dissent, amid a multitude of reasons for taking to the streets, can only drive the people to vent their anger even more. So where’s now the so-called “maximum tolerance” policy?