Condemn Supreme Court’s Travesty of the Constitution and the Judiciary
The Lucas Bersamin- headed Supreme Court has proven itself as mere “rubberstamp” of the Duterte regime. Nine (9) justices, including the chief justice, compromised their legal, judicial, moral and personal integrity by dismissing the petitions questioning the third extension of martial law and suspension of the privilege of writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
The Supreme Court has consistently given-in to the wishes of the military and Malacanan by approving the third extension of martial law and by trashing the 4 petitions without clear and concrete proof if the bases and condition for Proclamation number 216 still exist.
The approval by the SC of another one-year extension of Proclamation 216 is tantamount to giving the president almost absolute discretion to proclaim military rule. Consequently, the 9 justices, who are Duterte and Arroyo appointees, have also trampled upon the principle of “civilian supremacy over the military”.
It is distressing and insulting to the people that the argument for the extension of martial law by pro-extension justices is what the 1987 Constitution is silent about. In a more ridiculous manner, Lucas Bersamin has argued that “violence reports justifying martial law need not be correct”. This could mean fake or non-transpiring violent events can be basis for declaring martial law in any part of the country or throughout the country.
It is so dangerous for the Filipino people to have Supreme Court justices who do not have intellectual and moral sense. They do not have sense of shame. They have the guts to publicly express their narrow minds and like their president, can be blatantly unconcerned and without respect for the people’s democratic and human rights.
We, from the Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) are anxious even as we vehemently condemn such mockery of the judiciary and of intellectual and legal discourse by the Supreme Court justices themselves.
We are moved to anger by the impunity by which the 1987 Constitution is mangled and the rule of evidence is twisted in order to “justify” the continuation of martial law and suspension of the privilege of writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
We call on the people to be more vigilant and be more aware of democratic and political rights especially in the wake of the coming May 9 elections. Let us make the coming elections an occasion to heighten our resolve and harness our collective strength and will to fight for democracy and resist tyranny. K
Uphold and defend our human and democratic rights against tyrannical attacks by the Duterte regime!
Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN)
February 21, 2019
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