People Power done twice, why not Martial Law? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 14:46

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

The unconstitutional “People Power” like a mob rule was done twice in the country. First during the term of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos where the country was under Martial Law in 1972. Chaos and turmoil started in the country, when the late Senator Benigno Aquino was assassinated in the airport tarmac upon his return to the country after many years in exile in the United States and the suspect was the regime of the late President Marcos, who was then labelled a dictator by the followers of the country’s opposition,  also known as the “yellow army”. Suspicion of cheating during the snap election for the presidency called by Marcos in 1986, added  to the growing discontent of Metro Manila residents, who went out the streets by the thousands, blocked and stopped traffic and closed offices and business and all economic activities for many days that forced the late President Marcos to abandon the seat of power in Malacanang Palace with the help of the American Government. This was the first “People Power” a bloodless revolution that catapulted the widow Corazon Aquino to the presidency under a revolutionary government. Although many legal luminaries consider “People Power” to change a president is unconstitutional,  “Vox populi Vox Dei”, the voice of the people is the voice of God.

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The second people power in the country was during President Joseph “ Estrada” Ejercito’s presidency, who was charged with bribery from “jueteng” gambling lords, millions of pesos weekly, that prompted Congress to file Impeachment Proceedings. The proceedings were not terminated because Estrada’s lawyers refused to open an envelope as an evidence against the president. Thousands of Metro Manila people again poured into the streets and did the second  “People Power” and when some of the president’s trusted AFP Generals supported the “People Power” uprising and unconstitutionally swore into office Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as President, President Joseph Estrada Ejercito was booted out of Malacanang.

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The unconstitutional “People Power” uprising,  twice replaced a president of the Philippines without election or choice by the whole Filipino people, but only some segments of Filipinos in Metro Manila. The late President Marcos’ declaration of first Martial Law was constitutional under the 1935 Philippine Constitution during his term. But during the revolutionary government of Corazon Aquino, the 1935 Philippine Constitution was amended in 1987 giving limited powers to the sitting  President to declare Martial Law. But it was not totally abolished. In times of internal or external threat to the security of the country, a president may declare Martial Law to protect the country and her citizens. Public disturbance like too many drug addicts committing heinous crimes and foreigners manufacturing and distributing Illegal drugs and dangerously protected by government officials and police are enough reasons for Congress to give the President the power and authority to declare  Martial Law. Imminent Invasion and threat to the security of the country as a valid reason, for the President to declare Martial Law with approval from Congress as provided by the Cory Aquino 1987 Constitution has the same weight of a public security threat on the lawlessness and heinous crimes committed by drug craze citizens. The heavier when government officials and police authorities are protecting the threat of this lawlessness.

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Now some government officials are again contemplating a third “People Power” to unseat the sitting President Rodrigo Roa Duterte because of his drive to clean the country of drug addicts and manufacturers and because of the President’s hint to declare a second Martial Law in the country. This is absurd for some government officials to take a remedy to unseat a sitting President through unconstitutional means like a “People Power” . The voice of the people is the voice of God “Vox populi Vox dei” is not always a remedy, when it comes into conflict with “Dura Lex Sed Lex”, (The law may harsh but it is the law). If this principle in law and government is disregarded then the country is courting disaster and anarchy.

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Scoop: The group who did “People Power” twice in the country, is the same group opposing President Duterte’s fight against, illegal drugs and corruption and his approval for the Marcoses to bury the long dead President in the resting place of past presidents. The same group of “Yellow Army”, who did a “People People” uprising twice in Metro Manila wants to control the Philippines and our government. Perhaps, President Duterte will not succumb to this arrogance and blatant display of power hungry Oligarchs who are using the poor and marginal families to fight their objectives. This is more than cheating, bribery and corruption lumped as one in the guise of change and savior of the country. You may disagree or agree.