Jul 16, 2017 @ 19:43

There is not any such factor as “unli” martial law underneath the present provisions of the 1987 Constitution because it gives just for a 60-day interval of implementation.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon emphasised this Sunday, explaining that any deliberate extension of the current martial law in Mindanao should not transcend the unique 60 days. This is particularly supplied for underneath Section 18, Article VII of the Constitution that any a part of the nation can’t positioned by the President be underneath martial law for greater than 60 days, the senator stated.

“We cannot have an unlimited or ‘unli’ martial law in Mindanao. So unlike ‘unli-rice’, there can be no ‘unli-martial law’,” he stated in a radio interview, including that any notion of perpetual or perhaps a five-year martial law rule in any a part of the nation can by no means be allowed underneath the elemental law.

Given the utmost significance on the system of checks and balances, framers of the Constitution had given to Congress the mandate of approving or disapproving any attainable extension of President Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216, he stated.

Thus, any declaration searching for to increase martial law should be usually reviewed since it’s the spirit of the current Constitution that the precise energy of the President should be topic to a daily evaluate, Drilon stated.

Any plans to increase the present martial law proclamation is topic to a evaluate and deliberation of Congress in joint session. “It should never be perpetual or even too long,” he stated.

Drilon stated the Senate minority bloc will help any proposed decision to “immediately convene Congress in joint session to hear the explanations of the executive branch on the extension of Martial Law.”

“We are ready to listen to the explanations of the Secretary of National Defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff, and other members of the executive branch. We will listen, and see if indeed there is enough justification to warrant the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao,” he stated.

Source: politics.com.ph