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Baka maabuso pag pinagbigyan: Half of Politiko fans don’t want martial law to be Duterte’s sole call

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Politiko fans may approve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unconventional leadership strategy, but they don’t want him to have the sole authority in declaring martial law.

Results of Politiko’s poll show more than half of Politiko fans, or 53 percent, disapprove of Duterte’s suggestion that the declaration of authoritarian rule should only be the President’s prerogative.

Only 3 in 10 netizens, or 33 percent, agree with the President’s argument that leaving the declaration of martial law to the Chief Executive alone is necessary in times of a national emergency.

The remaining 14 percent think Duterte was only using a figure of speech when he suggested that the new Constitution do away with seeking Congress and Supreme Court’s approval in the President’s declaration of Martial Law.

Politiko’s poll was conducted from Dec. 23 to Jan. 7 with 731 netizens as respondents.

Last December, Duterte said it would be inefficient to get the concurrence of Congress and the Supreme Court regarding the declaration of Martial Law when chaos is already taking place.

“Eh kung magulo ang mundo? Kaya nga Martial Law na eh. Para isang tao na lang ang mag-direkta… Eh kung iba ang Supreme Court, magsabi ang Congress yes, no ito, or no ito, yes itong isa. Saan mo ako ilagay?” he said in a speech in Pampanga on Dec. 22.

According to Article VII, Section 8 of the 1987 Constitution, the President can only declare martial law “in case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it.”

Within 48 hours of the declaration, the President must submit a report to Congress, whether in person or in writing, justifying his decision. The legislative branch may revoke the proclamation or suspend it by voting jointly with a vote of at least a majority of all its members in regular or special session if it does not agree with the Chief Executive.

The Supreme Court can also review the President’s proclamation of martial law “for the sufficiency of the factual basis” if a citizen questions it.