SC clarifies: Martial law powers not limitless

The 1987 Constitution has enough guarantees to thwart the possible abuse of the presidential prerogative to declare martial law and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, according to the Supreme Court.


But the tribunal, voting 11-3-1, recognized President Duterte’s “sole discretion” to expand the geographical scope of his martial law proclamation beyond the place where an actual rebellion was happening to prevent the armed uprising from “spilling over.”



In dismissing the three petitions questioning Mr. Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216, the high court said in its decision on Tuesday that the attack by the Islamic State-inspired Maute ter…

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