Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno might be the SC head but it is obvious that she does not have control over it. Sereno criticizes the majority ruling of the Supreme Court over the approval of Martial Law. She said that it effectively gave PDu30 the exclusive right to decide on matters of national security without limitations. She fears that this can pave the way to abuse.
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[VIDEO]: President Du30’s record-high net satisfaction ratings can be partially attributed to his declaration of martial law in Mindanao,
Close Watch by the Supreme Court
The Chief Justice and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio have the same opinions. They said separately that the President must be under close watch on his Martial Law moves. This is to make sure that as he exercises Proclamation 216, people can prevent abuses.
Sereno partially granted the petitions against Proclamation 216. She said in her opinion that Du30 should not have been given the sole discretion to proclaim martial law over the entire Philippines. This goes the same in areas where there is rebellion. However, most justices voted in favor of his sole discretion over the matter. At least, SC still practices democracy.
Carpio said that Du30’s words should not be taken lightly. The president once discloses that his Martial Law will not be any different from what the late President Ferdinand Marcos did. Marcos allegedly abolished Congress, shut down media that triggers rebellion, imprisoned political opposition leaders, packed the SC with loyalists and ruled by decree. Carpio said that the Court must discourage the President to repeat history
Martial Law Consequences
Carpio enumerates the possible consequences of the martial law. That includes wiretapping and government takeover of businesses, the news media, and services such as telecommunications, power supply, and aviation. He stresses that these are all powers given to the President when national security or public safety requires it. What can they do with the surging high popularity of PDu30? As democracy dictates, the majority wins.