We must not undermine Duterte’s war vs. terrorists PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 May 2017 13:58

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves…” (Romans 13:1-2, the Holy Bible).

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UNDERSTANDING WARNINGS VS. MARTIAL LAW IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE: In relation to the warnings issued by Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, Vice President Leni Robredo, and former President Ramos against possible abuses in the implementation of martial law in Mindanao, let us try to understand certain things here.

First, declaring martial law is a power granted to the President by the 1987 Constitution. Under its Section 18, Art. 7, it is clear that when there is an invasion or rebellion, when public safety requires it, the President can declare martial law to fight invasion or rebellion.

Second, there is a clear armed uprising that is on-going in Marawi City. It is a public uprising using heavy firearms and ammunition against the government. The evident purpose is to take Marawi City and even the whole of Mindanao away from the Philippines, and make it a territory of an international terrorist group. The hoisting of the terrorist organization’s flag early on confirms this.

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DUTERTE’S HAND WAS FORCED TO DECLARE MARTIAL LAW: Why, even now, reports indicate that the violence and mayhem in Marawi City are being perpetuated not only by Filipinos, but also by foreigners who also bear heavy firearms. These foreigners, according to reports, are fighting side-by-side with Filipino terrorists groups against the government. Clearly, invasion is also present right from the start here.

It cannot be denied therefore that there was a necessity of President Duterte declaring martial law. His hand was clearly forced to make that declaration, even as it is an option that he did not think of by himself. It is a course of action that had been made available to him by the 1987 Constitution, and even by the 1973 and the 1935 Constitutions (in stronger forms, of course).

That he chose to declare martial law in the castrated form in which it is found in the 1987 Constitution, instead of availing of other options clearly open to him, should confirm to everyone, here in the Philippines and in the whole world, that Duterte is a leader who is willing to obey and use the laws in his presidency.

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WE MUST NOT UNDERMINE DUTERTE’S EFFORTS VS. REBELS, INVADERS: Sure, there are going to be abuses in the implementation of martial law in Mindanao. After all, soldiers and policemen, and other government functionaries assigned as administrators of martial law in Southern Philippines, are only humans. And humans can err, even as they do err almost all the time.

But this should not stop Duterte or even his government from pursuing martial law as a remedy to stop the rebellion and invasion that are taking place in Mindanao. For if we are going to allow ourselves to be paralyzed with the fear of abuses in the implementation of martial law, we might as well give up Mindanao to the terrorists, here and now.

Instead of undermining Duterte’s efforts to defeat the Marawi City rebels and the invaders with warnings of things that have not even happened yet, or which may never happen, after all, we should try to unite ourselves, first in prayer and spiritual strengthening through the Word of God, and second, in donating whatever we can to tide over our countrymen who have been rendered homeless, hungry, and destitute by the terrorism in their city.

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