Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares on the Supreme Court decision to uphold Martial Law extension in Mindanao for the third time: The Supreme Court has once again stretched the boundaries of judicial interpretation by upholding Congress’ approval of Pres. Duterte’s extension of martial law in Mindanao. It paves the way for imposing martial law nationwide even if there is no threat to public safety.
For martial law, the Constitution requires actual invasion or rebellion, if the public safety requires it. Thus, even if rebellion exists, if public safety is not threatened, the president can use his calling out powers for the military to quell rebellion, not martial law.###