Justice del Castillo to Rep. Lagman: What Quantum of Evidence to Decide on Declaring Martial Law?

Petitioner Representative Lagman unequivocally asserts probable cause as a basis for President Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo inquires Representative Edcel Lagman whether the President should not declare martial law since the Department of National Defense (DND) has no recommendation. Lagman further explains that sans the recommendation from the no less than DND, the President has no basis after all to declare martial law. When asked about the President having the access to intelligence privy to Congress, Rep. Lagman asserted that should the President has access to that privy information it must be validated.

 



 

Representative Lagman firmly asserts that there has no probable cause that constitutes elements of rebellion for the President to declare martial law in Mindanao. He also repeatedly mentions the statement of the Secretary of Defense Lorenzana that there has no recommendation from his office on the basis of declaring martial law and that the situation is under their full control. Hinting that the President’s declaration of martial law is not necessary and outside the bounds of the intention of the framers of the 1987 Constitution in declaring martial law as a last resort.

Day 2 for the oral argument on #MindanaoMartialLaw will be tomorrow, Wednesday, June 14.


(Source: Live audio feed by GMA News)
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