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Villarin hits Panelo’s ‘intellectual depravity’ on martial law

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Akbayan Partylist Tom Villarin took a swipe at the dismissive attitude of Malacañang towards the latest petition to nullify the martial law extension in Mindanao.

Villarin said Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo’s latest pronouncement against lawmakers who recently questioned before the Supreme Court (SC) the third extension of Martial Law shows “arrogance and disregard of establishing the factual and constitutional basis of martial law.”

“Spokesperson Salvador Panelo misses the point why we need to question another extension of martial law,” he said.

Villarin said the 1987 Constitution wanted any declaration of Martial Law “to be restrictive in duration and demands factual basis not conjectures made up to justify its imposition.”

“Martial law is a very extraordinary measure and can only be imposed with the strictest of conditions,” said Villarin.

Last Friday, Villarin together with Reps. Edcel Lagman (Albay), Teddy Baguilat Jr. (Ifugao), Edgar Erice (Caloocan City), Gary Alejano (Magdalo Partylist), Christopher Belmonte (Quezon City) and Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao (Dinagat Islands) filed a 46-page petition urging the High Tribunal to void the third extension of Martial Law in Mindanao which was affirmed by both Houses of Congress last December.

Villarin said Panelo’s action only show “intellectual depravity.”

“It’s common sense to inquire and verify with the military who are the rebels and if charges have been filed against them. Numbers matter to constitute facts and intelligent determination of how to address the problem,” he said.

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