Filipinos want martial law over entire RP PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 June 2017 13:53

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you…” (Hebrews 13:17 the Holy Bible).

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WHAT DID DUTERTE REALLY MEAN? Just exactly what did President Duterte mean when he said, according to media reports, that he will not listen to the Supreme Court nor to Congress on the issue of martial law in Mindanao? It could be very simple, really, and it is that, if his declaration is rescinded either by the court or by lawmakers, all he has to do is issue a new proclamation.

Especially so if, in his perception and on the basis of reports from the police and the military, martial law continues to be a necessary weapon should invasion and rebellion persist, prejudicing public interest, welfare, and safety.

Yes, it could become a see-saw affair, or a “now you see it, now you don’t” situation, where the President will be declaring martial law over and over again, after each and every rebuff from Congress or the Supreme Court.

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DUTERTE CAN DECLARE MARTIAL LAW REPEATEDLY: Of course, I would like to ask Duterte’s critics and political foes: is there any prohibition in the 1987 Constitution—the Cory Aquino document that castrated the powers of the presidency over martial law on account of the hang-ups of her government over President Marcos’ martial law—of a repeated declaration?

There is none. Indeed, as lawyers are won’t to say once in a while, where the law does not prohibit, it actually allows. For so long as the President believes there is a rebellion or invasion that is taking place, and it is to the best interest of the Filipino people to have martial law, he can, at anytime, and as often as he wants it, declare martial law.

Yes, who is to say that the President’s assessment of the existence of rebellion or invasion is factually wrong? In our kind of government where everything is centralized with a very strong presidency, the only one single official who has access to vital information about what is going on in the country is the president alone.

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FILIPINOS WANT MARTIAL LAW OVER ENTIRE RP: In the program “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”  which goes on the air Mondays to Fridays at 6 o’clock in morning over Radyo Agila’s DZEC, 1062 kHz, which DZEC’s Malacanang reporter, Vic Somintac, and I, co-host, the prevailing sentiment of many Filipinos tend towards the declaration of martial law in the whole country.

Even in unsolicited text messages which flood our cellular text line, 0932 422 25 72, our listeners who are aware of reports of continuing terroristic activities of terrorist groups that are now allied with foreign terror organizations, it is their firm suggestion that President Duterte should now place the entire Philippines under martial law, no longer just Mindanao.

These listeners of ours are saying they could entrust the whole country into the hands of Duterte, because they know him to be true and sincere president whose only objective now is to uphold the interest, welfare, and safety of his constituents. I believe this could already qualify as “vox populi, vox Dei”, or loosely, “the voice of the people is the voice of God which must be obeyed”.

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