Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday disputed a statement by retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza that there is no violation of the Bill of Rights under Martial Law.
“You cannot speak of violation of the Bill of Rights when there’s Martial Law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus is effective,” Mendoza told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
Apparently, Drilon thinks otherwise.
But how can there even be a violation of anything when Duterte’s decision to declare Martial Law in Mindanao was completely in accordance with the 1987 Philippine Constitution?
One just needs to read Section 18 of the Constitution to understand that everything that Duterte has done regarding the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao is in strict adherence to the fundamental law of the land.
So if Drilon has a problem with the President’s proclamation, then he can blame it on the framers of the 1987 Constitution because the last time I checked, Duterte merely followed what’s in the law.
Besides, the same Constitutional provision grants Congress of which Drilon is a member, the power to revoke the proclamation, and the Supreme Court to review the factual basis of the same.
There is nothing “extrajudicial” about what Duterte did.
A process is in place. If only Drilon cared to review his copy of the 1987 Philippine Constitution before opening his loud mouth.
Or does the senator want me to lend him my copy of the Constitution?