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(Speech delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman at the 2nd National Family Planning Conference at the Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City
on 08 November 2017)

When people and policymakers realized that here is urgent need to moderate population growth rate and to conserve depletable resources, the concern on reproductive health and family planning meandered from the privacy of the couple’s bedroom to the arena of public discourse and eventually to the domain of politics.

(Speech delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman at the Memorial for Sen. Leticia Ramos-Shahani at the UP NISMED on 29 September 2017)

  

It is at this disquieting juncture of our nation’s history that people of principle like Sen. Leticia Ramos-Shahani are sorely missed.

The Philippines has recently been conferred the dubious distinction of being at the bottom of the Global Impunity Index by the University of the Americas Puebla and the Center of Studies on Impunity and Justice. Although the data used were from 2012 to 2014, the Duterte administration debunked the ranking with a guilty conscience. The ongoing extrajudicial killings and human rights violations aggravate and confirm the Philippines’ ranking.

The term EJK has now been promoted to a verb – as in “he was EJKed by policemen in a dark alley” – because of the rising number of the almost-daily summary executions of suspected criminals.

(Message delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of the First District of Albay at the 19th National Convention and Seminar of the Metropolitan and City Judges Association of the Philippines Inc. in Legazpi City on 21 September 2017)

 

Honorable Judges, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Considering that today marks the 45th Anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos on September 21, 1972, allow me to preface my message with relevant annotations on Marcos’ martial law regime.

The promulgation of martial law in the entire Philippines ignited the beginning of 14 ignominious years of power grab by Marcos wherein he was not only the overstaying Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines but also legislator and in most cases, judicial magistrate.

I vote against any extension of the martial law imposition under Proclamation No. 216 dated 23 May 2017 for three overriding reasons:

First, there is no sufficient factual basis for any extension in the same manner that there was no adequate factual anchorage for the original declaration of martial law under Proclamation No. 216.

What is happening in Marawi City is lawless violence amounting to terrorism, but not actual rebellion. The President and his subalterns failed to sufficiently show the element of culpable political purpose of the terrorist groups.

ORAL ARGUMENT

(Delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman before the Supreme Court en banc on 13 June 2017 on behalf of the Petitioners in G.R. No. 231658)

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

1. The latest survey of Pulse Asia from December 6 to 11, 2016 documents Filipinos’ aversion to the revival of martial law, with 74% against its imposition and only 12% in favor.

The survey results in Mindanao are even more revealing with 75% against and only 11% in favor, despite the fact that various acts of terrorism were committed in Mindanao proximate to the survey period, like the bombing of the Roxas Night Market in Davao City on September 2, 2016 which resulted in President Duterte’s declaration of a “state of lawlessness” over the entire country the following day.

Clearly, the people have not forgotten the atrocities, repression and corruption during the martial law regime of President Marcos.