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The restrictions on martial law

CONGRESS, meeting in joint session, voted last Saturday to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2017, as sought by President Duterte. The vote was 261 to 18 – the 18 being four senators and 14 congressmen.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno reminded the government yesterday to avoid the atrocities committed when Martial Law was declared by President Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1972.

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Martial law has been declared in Mindanao, after armed men, identified with the Maute Group, clashed with troops in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur. Initial reports, including the alleged burning of the local cathedral, caused President Duterte to proclaim martial law in Mindanao.

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THIS could be an idea whose time has come – the election of a Metro Manila governor, rather than having an appointed Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) governor who cannot get his way against elected municipal and city mayors of the country’s capital region.

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THE last election appears to have exposed a gap in our people’s perception of what martial law was all about. Year after year after 1986, the Philippines celebrated the EDSA People Power Revolution that “restored democracy” to the country. People gathered at EDSA to remember how in 1986, over a million people gathered around Camp Crame in support of then Philippine Constabulary chief Fidel V. Ramos and Secretary of Defense Juan Ponce Enrile who had declared they had withdrawn their support for the Marcos government.

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There is no state burial for the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

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