Solicitor General Jose Calida inadvertently poked a gap into his argument on the need of imposing martial law in Mindanao when he in contrast it to “calling out powers on steroids.”
Calida made the analogy on the second day of oral arguments on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law Wednesday (June 14) when requested by Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio to describe the distinction between wielding such energy and calling out the army as a part of his issuance final 12 months of a presidential proclamation on a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in Mindanao.
The comment of the federal government’s high lawyer caught the eye of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who stated she was “enlightened” by the phrase.
Sereno, nevertheless, famous that there are negative effects to utilizing steroids, implying that the declaration of martial law has critical penalties.
“Actually, it’s very illuminating for me, but what are the side effects of taking steroids?…They include acne, blurred vision, cataract, bruising, high blood pressure, weight gain. But they also say steroids do not cure the ill,” she stated.
“Steroids can give the appearance of greater power and lesser inflamation. If it is important to us to get the legal standards before martial law can be declared, we need to inocculate our armed forces from the possible idea that they are an armed forces on steroids,” Sereno added.
In response, Calida advised Sereno not to take his comparability actually.
“It’s just a figure of speech; don’t take me seriously on that,” he stated.