Monday, July 10, 2017

Duterte's knowledge of Constitutional Law is deficient.

Duterte claims that it is up to the military and the police to determine whether he should extend martial law beyond the sixtieth day (July 22) of its proclamation.

He should review Sec 18, Art. VII of the 1987 Constitution.

Pursuant to the constitutional rule of "supremacy of the civilian authority over the military", whether the period must be extended or terminated does not depend upon the sole volition and determination of the military or the Executive -- or the Judiciary.

The Constitution has expressly vested that power on the Legislative alone.

The manner Duterte speaks and thinks on the matter shows either his gross ignorance of Constitutional Law or his hallucination that he, backed up by the military, is a "constitutional monarch" who singularly decides the fate and future of our nation.

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