Martial law in Marawi

In view of the recent attacks of the Maute group in Marawi and other elements, I humbly believe that everyone, particularly the various departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the government, must be one in the fight against lawless violence and terrorism. While it is true that check and balance must be maintained, it is also important to accord respect and presumption of regularity over the acts and other initiatives of the Duterte administration.

Just recently, Senator Franklin Drilon, in response to Atty. Panelo’s statement that “another (Martial Law) proclamation is necessary,” said that such action – if undergone by the President – will be “nothing” and tantamount to a “circumvention of the Constitution for all intents and purposes”. Drilon even emphasized that such act would merely be an effort “to go around the constitutional requirements” of Martial law and even called for a “respect in the process.”

I firmly believe that Duterte should be allowed sufficient latitude for him to be able to perform his duty and prerogatives as the Commander-in-Chief of the land.

While Senator Drilon’s statement of stern warning should likewise be valued and considered intently by the President, I also believe that the 1987 Philippine Constitution sets forth crystal-clear and well-defined parameters to abate, if not eliminate, any actual or imminent danger of martial law abuses.