- Malacañang assured that President Rodrigo Duterte will not declare martial law
- Presidental Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that Duterte will not resort to declaring martial law in accomplishing his plans for the country
- Duterte, on Tuesday, warned Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno that he will declare martial law if she continues to interfere with his plans
Malacañang guaranteed on Thursday, that President Rodrigo Duterte will not declare martial law after he uttered such statement, responding to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s constitutional crisis concerns.
According to Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Duterte does not consider resorting to authoritarian rule as he accomplishes his plans for the country.
“There is no need to worry about martial law. As President Duterte said, ‘I want to make specific changes without having to do martial law,” Abella said during a press briefing.
Sereno said that the Supreme Court has the sole authority to discipline judiciary members. Duterte responded on Sereno’s statement, in front of a division of Philippine Army soldiers on Tuesday, saying: “Please don’t order me around, I’m not a fool. If this continues, with you trying to stop me, I might lose my cool, or would you rather that I declare martial law?”
Salvador Panelo, Duterte’s chief legal counsel, defended on Thursday, his statement that martial law may be warranted if drug threat increases.
Meanwhile, Senator Franklin Drilon pointed out that martial law may only be declared if there is invasion or rebellion, or there is risk on public safety, mentioning the 1987 Constitution.
Panelo then insisted that the operative provision was “when public safety requires it,” and clarified his statement about the country’s situation and said that it was “akin to an invasion or rebellion because the public safety is imminently in danger.”
Panelo then stated that the constitutional provision must not be literally read as it expresses itself, such as invasion or rebellion. He added that people must know when the situation requires the declaration of martial law, saying that the country’s safety is at risk. - Kami Media