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Supreme Court Warns the Return of Ferdinand Marcos through PDu30

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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.

Partial Grant

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.

Marcos’ Return

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.

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Constitutional Wisdom: Renounce War as Instrument of National Policy

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Carpio, Jardeleza, and Hilbay were memners of the Filipino powerhouse that defended the Philippines’ case against China over the West Philippine Sea claim at the Hague. They also joined in the recent briefing of President Rodrigo Duterte to determine the president’s next move in a diplomatic way.

Carpio, as the most knowledgeable among the experts in connection to the constitutional mandate of the case, concluded that renouncing war as instrument of national policy is the constitution’s wisdom that enabled Philippines to win the case.

Jardeleza and Hilbay, however advised President Duterte to make use of the ruling as a legal basis for asserting the Philippines’ West Philippine Sea sovereignty supported by international laws under the United nations.So, it can be expected that the execution of the ruling will be dragged on for a longer period of time since China rejected it – but at least delayed the possibility of war as predicted against China. Delayed in the sense that sooner or later, China, the United States or even the Philippines can run out of patience with the ongoing territorial clashes among Chinese coast guards and Filipino fishermen – that would soon become human rights violations against China or the Philippine administration if it will not do anything to protect its citizens making their living in the disputed fishing ground.


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