The Supreme Court’s determination upholding the declaration of martial law in Mindanao is setting a harmful precedent for undemocratic governance, Sen. Risa Hontiveros mentioned Tuesday.
“Lest we forget, bad precedents stem from seemingly justifiable measures. With the ruling, martial law becomes the ‘default response’ of the State to address all acts of violence and lawlessness. Martial law becomes a ‘silver bullet’ for a false peace. President Duterte must not see the decision as a free pass to expand martial law to other parts of the country or take constitutional shortcuts,” she mentioned.
Hontiveros mentioned SC justices missed a chance to face up in opposition to a creeping authoritarianism as at least Solicitor General Jose Calida asserted that Proclamation 216 has no authorized distinction from the President’s regular powers to “call out” troops.
“It’s a sad day for Philippine democracy,” she mentioned.
Hontiveros mentioned she remained supportive of the Philippine troops in combating the Maute terrorists.
“With or without martial law, I am confident that they will be able to defeat the terrorist threat in Marawi,” she mentioned.
“Despite this unfortunate ruling and despite the failure of Congress to convene as it was constitutionally mandated to do, we will continue to challenge the authoritarian tendencies of this government. I am encouraged by the growing number of citizens saying no to authoritarianism,” she added.