NTC has crossed the line – de Lima

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DOJ chief warns group faces rebellion for plotting vs Aquino
THE National Transformation Council (NTC), a multisectoral group of clergymen, politicians, professionals and civil-society groups, may be charged with sedition, rebellion or coup d’etat for “instigating” a military-backed people power uprising, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima warned on Sunday.

In a statement released to the media through the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), de Lima blasted the organization for “perverting the nation’s grief” over the death of 44 elite police commandos in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao province on January 25, noting that the group is nothing but an “aggrupation of disgruntled GMA allies” and “opportunists” who want to sow “discord and division” among the ranks of the country’s military and police organizations. GMA are the initials of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

She said the government will not take the group’s actions lightly as she lashed out at NTC’s “pathetic gutter politics” for using the Mamasapano tragedy to mount its campaign against President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

“The NTC has carefully formulated this strategy in the false hope of propagating it legally in the mass media and among supporters without, however, accruing any criminal liability under the penal laws on rebellion, sedition and coup d’etat. This is a false hope, since certain actions already implemented by the group, from organizing fora and conferences of supporters and sympathizers, can already be contemplated as conspiracies relating to sedition, rebellion or coup d’etat,” de Lima added.


Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. sent copies of the Justice chief’s strongly-worded statement to Palace reporters.

“The NTC’s pronouncements and publicly declared strategy for the capture of state power through active military support to the NTC are therefore acts which already constitute conspiracy or proposal to commit rebellion and coup d’etat (Article 136 in relation to Articles 134 and 134-A, Revised Penal Code), conspiracy to commit sedition (Article 141 in relation to Article 139, RPC) or, at the very least, inciting to sedition (Article 142, RPC), as well as illegal assemblies (Article146, RPC). A junta by any other sanitized name is still illegal and unconstitutional,” de Lima said.

By calling for people power and military support to force the President’s “resignation” in order to pave the way for a junta, the NTC and its “mushrooming allied alphabet soup organizations of discredited government officials consisting of charged plunderers, grafters and tax evaders, or of those under investigation for such crimes, may have just crossed the line of legitimate dissent,” she pointed out.

The Justice secretary warned the group that they will not take these matters lightly, saying the NTC’s goals will never be achieved “because the military will never support the extra-constitutional installation of a junta led by GMA bishops and ex-officials.”

“The government will not relent in applying the full force of the law against them in order to protect the people and the State from an unconstitutional and illegal power grab. In the end, any civilian or religious-led putsch will not succeed. The AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and the PNP (Philippine National Police) stand behind the President, no matter how the Mamasapano incident is exploited by opportunists, such as NTC, to sow discord and division among their ranks,” she pointed out.

De Lima, through the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other law-enforcement agencies, was said to be leading the monitoring of groups and individuals who have been egging the public on to support a supposed power grab.

But the Justice chief dismissed the alleged coup plot as “plain talk.”

“The coup threats that have been making the rounds recently are not coup threats in the strict sense of the word. They do not come from any section of the government’s security forces. Basically, they emanate from a long-standing strategic policy of a loose aggrupation of disgruntled GMA allies, former officials and politicians and members of the Catholic clergy likewise closely identified with GMA… to instigate or foment a military-backed people power uprising, or an EDSA 3 (or EDSA 4, depending on how one counts the May 1, 2001 Mendiola uprising) as they would wish,” she said.

De Lima particularly cited Arroyo’s former Defense chief Norberto Gonzales, who was also National Security Adviser, as the active NTC member who gives false hopes to other supporters of the council.

Gonzales has attended most of the NTC’s previous gatherings since last year in Lipa Cit, Batangas where the NTC held its founding “Congress” on August 27, 2014.

In its Lipa Declaration, the NTC said it has lost trust and confidence in the President and urged him to step down.

“Far from preserving and defending the Constitution, as he swore to do when he assumed office, the incumbent President Benigno Simeon Aquino [3rd] has subverted and violated it by corrupting Congress, intimidating the judiciary, taking over the treasury, manipulating the automated voting system and perverting the constitutional impeachment process,” the NTC said in a statement.

In a recent interview, Gonzales explained there is nothing wrong with people power, or a change in regime through people power, which was the case with EDSA 1 and 2.

But de Lima described his statement as “doublespeak.”

“The NTC has publicly declared in its meetings and so-called consultations that a people power strategy for regime change can only be successful if backed by military support for the installation of the [NTC] as a ‘transition government,’ and the suspension of elections or any other democratic process sanctioned under a constitutional government, until the enactment of reforms to be dictated by the NTC as the de facto government of the Republic. Everything in this strategy is illegal and unconstitutional, except probably for the people power part if executed merely as a form of mass mobilization in the exercise of the people’s freedom of assembly,” she noted.

The installation of the NTC as the governing body of the Republic is nothing but the installation of a civilian-military junta, and the call for the military’s support for its defense and installation is nothing less than a proposal or conspiracy to commit the crime of coup d’etat, according to de Lima.

“The nation is still grieving, and without any sense of shame, these personalities would use the people’s grief to pervert a national catharsis, serving only their own thirst and craving for absolute power by imposing upon this nation a tyranny of religious and political has-beens,” she added.

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  1. si tingting conjuanco baka malusaw ang mukha pag ikinulong at saka si peping look alike ni babalu guguluhin lang ang gobierno natin. Kulang sa pansin wala namang ginawa na kabutihan sa bayan. Matagal sila sa puwesyo pero walang ginawa kundi payaman lang panahon mi GMA. Galit kay pinoy dajil hindi makaporma.

  2. look who’s talking? didn’t de lima cross the line as well when she prevented president arroyo from leaving the country for her medical needs when in fact the latter already got a tro from the supreme court? so, what’s her point now?

  3. sana ganyan din kabagsik si d/5 sa milf, biff at dap operators. doon maniniwala ako sa’yo. di ba kay gma ka galing? mukhang nakakita kayo ng pangtakip sa saf 44…

  4. To all registered voters don’t forget the name De 5. Pag file niya ng candidacy if ever, ALAM NA NINYO ANG GAGAWIN SA KANYA. kASUHAN NA KAAGAD sina WALIS AT HAWAKAN NG WALIS na korteng cesta ng Jai alai. Yan ay kung kaya mo Sec. Delima?

  5. >>> DoJ Sec.DALDALIMA IS ONE THE ROTTEN MESS. She should be on of the first MESS TO BE REMOVED. She so brave to say against the THE NTC and other civil groups. BUT SHE SO NAIVE AND SOFT SPOKEN WHEN IT COMES AGAINST TO THIER ALLIES, CO-CABINET MEMBERS AND LEGISLATORS, AND RECENTLY ABOUT THE 44 FALLEN-25.01.2015 MASSACRE ISSUE.

    Now, again using the same language and dragging the name of PGMA.

    FILIPINO PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES….this DoJ should be in priority to BE REMOVED. SHE IS PART OF THE MESS !!!!

  6. Finally, Justice Secretary De Lima has warned coup plotters re sedition charges if they continue their illegal acts. Sampolan na sina Peping at Tingting Cojuangco para hindi sila tularan ng iba.

  7. Adeptus Astartes on

    It’s time file rebellion charges vs Peping and Tingting Cojuangco for actively seeking a military-backed uprising vs PNoy. Go go go DOJ sec De Lima!

  8. Wag na mgpatumpik tumpik o mg delay delay pa..ipainvite na
    sa nbi for questioning yung mga suspects for inciting for rebellion
    and sedition…..tanungin mabuti bakit gsto nil manggulo o gumawa
    ng kaguluhan? …dahil ba wala cla sa puwesto o walang puwesto?
    o baka kaya para kng magulo na para makalaya ang mga kakamping
    me kasalanan sa batas na ngayon ay nakakulonghe? ..ano kaya? ..madam
    De lima….be on the alert i this critical time….before its too late…
    …the drip can become a flood when not duly plugged. …and then again
    the economy and the people will suffer….when the bigtime thieves return…

  9. GMA has been incarcerated for years with no legal basis. No strong evidence has been presented to convict her since then….despite all the available machineries (AMLAC, NBI, ….) I am sure history will be kind to GMA and will condemn PNOY as the most stupid and heartless president we ever had.

  10. De Lima — FORGET ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR RUNNING FOR THE SENATE. Defending a corrupt and inept regime and going after patriotic citizens who are looking after the good of the Filipino nation – this is the KISS OF DEATH.

    TAMA NA!!! The nation will finally rise up against this corrupt inept low IQ and low EQ and undeserving president. Too bad we are not seeing any Hyatt 10 initiative from this corrupt regime. MABUHAY ANG FILIPINAS.

  11. What happened to our Freedom of Expression Sec.De Lima?Let them express thier grievances,don’t use our laws for your politics to defend Pnoy’s incompetence.You simply covering Pnoy’s ass.

  12. sana wag maging marahas ang mga tao sa magkabilang panig.
    kung sinasabi natin na HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF,,,,,sana lang matuto tayo at wag makalimot sa naituro ng nakaraan (maganda man o mabuti).
    gamitin natin ang tamang paraan hindi lagi sa ating kagustuhan.
    kasuhan ang dapat kasuhan,,ipakulong ang mga nagkasala,,,pero uprising na naman ,,,,sana wag na lang,,,hindi naaangkop ang military interventions sa kasalukuyang panahon,,,kung ayaw nyo na kay pnoy,,,antayin ang election malapit napo,,malapit napo ang election,,,gamitin ang makapangyarihang boto upang iparamdam sa mga taga gobyerno kung sinu ang totoong BOSS…kapag pinapanood ko nga mga video account ng fallen 44 gusto ko magalit at gantihan ng ngipin sa ngipin ang mga gumawa non,,,pero mas makakabuti sa pangkalahatan na gumamit ng tamang approach ng usapan,,,,wag magpadalos dalos sa desisyon,,manalanging sa Dios, humingi ng gabay, at sa mga taong gusto gamitin lang ang sitwasyon para sa kanilang pansariling advantage,,,maawa naman kayo sa bayan Pilipinas,.,.mabuhay ka perlas ng silangan!!!!

  13. Sec.De Lima,you should go after Deles and Ferrer this two demonyitas have committed treason.They should be arrested and put to jail.

  14. I cannot see how Delima can attack the NPC while not condemning the armed groups in Mindanao? She even alluded to how the PNP may have violated the peace agreement. The police has a function to uphold law and order. Delima, politics interfering with justice results in no justice. Prosecute all pork barrel cases without regard to politics. Prosecute all killers without regard to MILF or BIFF membership. Your job is to obtain justice. Do it. Stay out of politics.

  15. Wow ! Sedition, Rebellion and Coup d’etat.
    Ano next, bigyan ng NTC Basic Law for self rule and money?
    Hehhe

  16. De Mali, I mean de lima should bring these people to court if she
    really think she can do it.
    The people doesn’t believe anymore
    in lapdog and paEpal.

  17. Robert A. Evora on

    TELL IT TO THE MARINES, SECRETARY DE LIMA, NO WAY, KASAMA MO SI ABNOY SA KANGKUNGAN!…..H H HA HA HA HA!!!

  18. armando flores on

    Why is de lima doing this same accusation against the MILF and BIFF who are openly engaged in ARMED REBELLION? Matapang lang itong gobierno ni aquino sa mga kristiano.

  19. Jose Dela Victoria on

    Funny, funny, you De Lima!!!!.. What military will support you???? MILF??? … True to your name… Delima!!!

  20. With all the negative happenings against the Aquino administration, the threat of DOJ De Lima is a “joke”, once the NTC succeeds. The way things are, it won’t be a surprise. Of course, just like the rest of yellow staffers, she would like to save her skin.

  21. EDSA “1” was fair play. The Military against a DICTATOR. Today in a democratic system, ANY military intervention IS NOT an option!!

  22. KAILANGAN MAGTATALAK AT PUTAK PUTAK NA NA PARANG HEADLESS CHICKEN ANG DILEMMA, BEHOLDEN SA MALAKANYANG IYAN.

    HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF, AND FOR THOSE WHO NEVER LEARNS- ARE BOUND TO COMMIT THE SAME MISTAKES. IYANG SI DILLEMMA AT PENOY AY MGA RIDERS NANG ISANG LEON, HINDI SILA MAKABABA SA IBABAW NANG LEON AT SILA MISMO AY LALAPAIN NANG BANGIS NG LEON NA SILA MISMO ANG NAGPA BANGIS – SAMGA CABAL-BALAN AT PAWANG KATARANTADUHANG SISTEMA GOVIERNO. ISANG POLITICAL OPPORTUNISTA IYANG SI DILLEMA,- KUNG SAAN ANG AGOS DOON SIYA, TUMABO NA IYAN SA ARROYO ADMIN. KAPAG KKAMPI NG AQUINO ADMIN WALANG EVIDENCIA, KAPAG HINDI KA ALYADO BANAT LANG.

  23. This action of the NTC is long time overdue
    MABUHAY NTC – CONTINUE UNTIL THESE
    PEOPLE RESIGN.

  24. muriel magtanggol on

    Stupid De Lima, how did you arrive at the conclusion that those wanting Aquino’s critics are all GMA’s allies. You studied law and yet you do not see that your boss, who is our employer, has been violating laws and even the constitution left and right. He didn’t need a GMA to destroy him. He has destroyed himself and continues his self-destructing mode because like you, he is very proud! If you know any better, you are supposed to be on the side of justice!

  25. Abnoy-noyingski on

    Ha ha ha! Nakakatawa talaga ang mga alipores ni Noynoy…ibinibintang nanaman kay GMA na nakakulong at alam ng lahat na may sakit na mukhang may kinalaman sa Coup de’ Etat! Ha ha ha! Ayos ah! Grabe ah! Tandaan mo De Lima, wala kayong napapatunayan pa kahit isang bagay laba kay GMA. Bagama’t ako bilangisang mamamayan, ay dapat ding ungkatin ang mga kasalanan ng dating presidente…per mabagal din naman kayo! O, gimmick lang para mapagtakpan ang mgamalaking kakulangan ninyo? Come on, press on – tignan lahat ang sin ni GMA at ipapatay na para sumikat naman kayo. Yon ba ang gusto ninyong palabasin?

  26. I feel bad for people who are deceived by the rhetorics of people who claim to know what is good for the Philippines. Examine their lives if they have really cared for the majority of Filipinos, the poor. What concrete things have they really done for the poor? Then you will know for whose interests this “resignation” they are selling it for. Too bad that many are gullible like Eve at the Garden of Eden.

  27. Leandro Aragoncillo on

    EDSA was a bloodless revolution that brought back the true meaning of democracy. The Filipinos stood and gathered in EDSA when they reached the height of their patience after former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Sr. was shot and killed at the airport in August 21, 1983, upon his return to the Philippines. So, what’s the difference between the death of the SAF troops and Ninoy? In 1986, the Filipinos did not seek the help of the military. The military used their good conscience to balance the truth and what’s good for the nation. Charge these Filipinos who will gather in EDSA with sedition for calling for a “change” and you (De Lima et al) have charged Cory of the same. God bless!

  28. Anima A. Agrava on

    I have never attended a single NTC meeting. But I support its assessment oh the condition of our Republic under the hypocrite Aquino as president created by the Smartmatic PCOS machine. Corruption and criminality have increased under Aquino. While GDP growth rates have been steadily growing for more than a decade now–except when it plunged immediately after he took over because he suspended the properly organized and congressionally funded projects including the Belgian contract to rehabilitate Laguna de Bay–in the almost five years that he has been president massive poverty has not been reduced except in government statistics.

    But to ne his greatest crime against our people and our Republic is his collaboration with former Comelec Chair Brillantes in imposing the universally condemned Smartmatic Automated Election System and its PCOS machines. The Smartmatic AES with PCOS machines was used in the 2010 and 2013 elections in violation of specific provisions of the election law to guarantee transparency, honesty and credibility of elections. That illegal and flawed system will again be used in the 2016 elections.

    If only for that — the destruction of our electoral democracy — something must be done, whether it’s an NTC junta ruling together with Aquino or the more difficult one of totally ousting Aquno in a People Power Revolt, to make sure that the next election is a proper one.

    • What? Flawed? I’ve seen the PCOS system and i was a technician of those machines.. which part are you saying illegal and flawed? The system works and much faster compared to your manu manu style of voting prone to abrupt fake votes and flying voters.. People like you are just too much.

  29. The pronouncements of de Lima are the same ones said during the Marcos rule, when they also threatened the critics with arrest and to bring them to court. Why should she announce it? Why not arrest those critics now. See, yellows, look at what this administration is trying to do.

    • Agree with you arrest them all for rebellion, sedition or any crime and find out what happen. Puro press release no action.

  30. sonny dela cruz on

    The Secretary De Lima is the one crossing the line. The NTC is not against the Republic of the Philippines but only the removal of the incompetent president as I understand it, same way the Filipino people want the president to be replace. My question is, is Secretary De Lima a filipino too? That’s how she is so eager to defend Pres. Aquino at the expense of the Filipino’s advocacy to replace their leader who is not attentive to the needs of the people. The questions that De Lima should know is that her president is running the government at the interest of the country and the interest of all the filipino people? Is it right for the Republic of the Philippines to negotiate with the MORO TERRORIST? The secretary should renounce her support to Aquino and help the filipino people fight for justice.

    • sonny dela cruz on

      Is her President running the country at the interest of the country and the interest of all the filipino people? Secretary De Lima should help find justice for the filipino people.

  31. Sec. de Lima is absolutely right. Dont let this bulshit politicians and immoral religious
    leaders subert the best goernment the Philippines has everhad since its independence
    from the americans.President Benigno Aquino 3rd is the most honest president we ever had. Also why blame the president about mamasapano. the problem was about poor planning. president do not do the planning. they just give the approval. Like the president was adviced that there is a terrorist in our backyard. should the president say dont touch him. and besides christians never learn that parts of mindanao are hostile areas. good planning is key to lower casualties.