‘SC ruling could embolden Duterte to declare nationwide martial law’

 

 

 

 

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagmanon Thursdaylamented the decision of the Supreme Court finding President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration valid, which rendered the high court powerless and which could embolden the President to declare martial rule nationwide.

 

In a statement, Lagman, a petitioner against martial law, said the Supreme Court decision rendered the magistrates powerless in reviewing the president’s exercise of martial law, as required for in the 1987 Constitution.

 

Lagman said the Supreme Court gave too much leeway to the President to declare emergency powers simply because he had access to confidential infor…

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