Solicitor General Jose Calida assured Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno that she has nothing to worry that President Rodrigo Duterte would observe the identical darkish path taken by the late President Ferdinand Marcos within the declaration of martial legislation in 1972.

“One thing I can assure you, your honor: President Duterte is not President Marcos,” mentioned Calida in the course of the second of day oral arguments on the constitutionality of Duterte’s declaration of martial legislation in Mindanao to quash a terrorist assault in Marawi City final May 23.

But Calida mentioned that there was nothing to worry from Duterte as a result of he has explicitly ordered the navy “ that the constitutional rights of the Filipino people shall be respected and protected at all times.”

Sereno was skeptical on how Duterte’s martial legislation could be completely different with Marcos’ resulting from Calida’s imprecise reply. “Well, I know. The names are very different,” mentioned Sereno.

One of the petitioners in opposition to Duterte’s martial legislation, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, claimed that “unprecedented human rights” abuses have been being dedicated by the navy in Marawi City based mostly on a report by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.