Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Wednesday rejected Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo’s proposal for the potential “re-declaration” by President Duterte of his martial law proclamation after the 60-day interval expires later this month.
“If it’s for the same area and to address the same threat, it is, for all intents and purposes, an extension and not a ‘re-declaration.’ I hope the legal advisers of the President will exercise more prudence instead of advising him ‘trailblazing legal theories’ that may raise more constitutional issues than settling them,” Escudero mentioned.
Panelo, in a tv interview, mentioned that “if Congress does not extend on the 60th day upon the initiative of the President, there can be no extension (but) another proclamation is necessary.”
But Escudero mentioned nothing could be misplaced if the President will search an extension of the present martial law in Mindanao because the troops and the army offensive operations in opposition to the Maute group will proceed even through the “gap.”
Escudero was referring to the interval through which the President would searching for an extension from Congress of martial law after the 60-day interval of implementation had lapsed.
Under the 1987 Constitution, Congress might prolong the imposition of martial law for a interval to be decided by them, if the invasion or rise up shall persist and public security requires it.
Congress, Escudero mentioned, will now be given the possibility to assist Duterte’s struggle in opposition to terrorism, making it now an effort by all three branches, with the Supreme Court included and successfully “democratize” his insurance policies and choices in Mindanao.