“Term limits created political dynasties” – House Speaker Cayetano
“Insatiable greed for power created political dynasties” – Ooops!!!
“Hindi nga siguro natutulog sa pansitan ang Kongreso. Ang tama: karamihan sa kanila ay sunud-sunuran lang sa kapritso ng Pangulong batugan at tinutulugan lang ang sandamakmak na problema ng bayan,” De Lima noted.
(Maybe Congress really did not sleep on its job. The correct term: a lot of them blindly follow a lazy presidents who sleeps on the numerous problems of the country.)
-Sen. Leila De Lima, on Congress’ laxity on pressing issues
Duterte’s closure of ABS-CBN does not mean the end of oligarchy but the end of a broadcast network that allows criticism of the crimes of his regime. It is mainly and essentially an attack on the freedom of the press and advancement of his fascist agenda and his own cabal of oligarchs who are the worst oppressors and exploiters of the people.
– Joma Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant ,14 July 2020
“We cannot allow our country, a cradle of democracy, to fully become a pathocracy ruled by a psychopathic leader…Let the reckoning begin now,”
-Senator Leila De Lima, in a statement read for her during an online protest dubbed #SONAgkaisa on July 17
“Sa mga kasamahan kong artistang di nagsasalita, ano? May network pa ba kayo? Wala na! Wala na kayong network, kahit magpa-cute kayo diyan sa IG, mag-send kayo ng mga sad face, hindi niyo nadadamayan ang mga katrabaho niyo na dahilan kung bakit kyo sumikat. Kapag hindi tayo nagsalita ibig sabihin kinampihan natin ang mali”
– actor Angel Locsin, 18 July 2020 at the simultaneous nationwide noise barrage for ABS-CBN
“Hindi papel ng kongreso ang pagtatakda kung ano at paano ang gagawing pag-uulat at pagbabalita ng mga mamamahayag o myembro ng media. Ang dapat maging papel ng kongreso ay tiyakin na ang mga journalist at malayang nagagawa ang kanilang mga trabaho, ang kanilang pag-uulat, ang kanilang pagbusisi sa nangyayari sa ating lipunan nang walang pagkitil sa kanilang karapatan at hindi sinisiil ang kaniyang karapatan at kalayaan na mag-ulat.”
-Carlos Zarate, Bayan Muna Representative on the role of Congress and Media, July 6, 2020, ABS-CBN News
“Trolls say congressmen supporting renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise don’t know much about media either. True, but they know enough to know the issue is free expression; and the ignorance of both sides means the franchise power should be removed from gov’t.”
-Luis V. Teodoro, former UP Dean of Mass Communications and Business World columnist tweeting July 7, 2020
“The enactment of the Terror Bill is like giving a gun to a schoolyard bully”.
-Detained Sen. Leila de Lima, dispatched from Crame No. 838
“Duterte seals his political doom by signing law of state terrorism!”
-Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, July 4, 2020
“Please support the climate activists in the Philippines. #JunkTerrorLaw@YACAP Philippines.”
-Greta Thunberg, internationally renowned environment activist, July 5, 2020
“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty. Junk Terror Law.”
-slogan from a protester denouncing the Terror Law
“It is the right of the people to be informed, and much to be assured, that the President they elected is the one leading the country at all times and is physically and mentally competent to do so.”
-SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen reminding Duterte what a president should be July 8, 2020
“Some will say kinakailangan nating sayawan ang Covid19. Kasi sa Pilipino, when you have to live with something, sayawan mo na lang. Yan po ang gagawin natin. Sasayawan natin.We have to deal with Covid19, we have to resume our economy, and at the same time protect our people.”
-Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque making light of Covid-19 crisis in the Philippines, July 7, 2020, ABS-CBN News
“It’s painful to watch the government be the cause of so much suffering and hardship for thousands of ordinary, working Filipinos.”
-Sen. Sonny Angara tweeting on June 30, 2020
“Sa mga groceries in Riyadh, ‘yung mga dinedeliver na pagkain, kapag nireject ng grocery stores, ‘yun ang pinag-aagawan ng mga kasamahan natin,” he said.
-DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III misses the point in dismissing reports that some overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia waiting for repatriation have turned to scavenging for food abroad and are instead eating rejected food. June 26, 2020, PDI
“Patayin ang kahirapan, hindi ang mahihirap.” (Kill poverty, not the poor)
-slogan on a banner during a protest against the lockdown starving poor people