Rappler reports that “Solicitor General Jose Calida said nothing, not the Supreme Court (SC) and not even the Constitution, can stop President Rodrigo Duterte and Congress from further extending martial law.”
“The Court cannot, in the absence of any express or implied prohibition in the 1987 Constitution, prevent the Congress from granting further extensions of the proclamation or suspension,” Calida said in his 99-page memorandum sent to the SC on Wednesday, January 24.
Calida said further extensions are possible “for as long as the Congress believes that the invasion or rebellion continues to exist, and the public safety requires it.”
This is what the House minority bloc warned against. In their petition seeking to nullify the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao to yearend 2018, the lawmakers said the Philippines was heading towards a “martial law in perpetuity.”
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said there’s no need to fear because the Constitution does not allow a perpetual martial law.
Clearly, Calida doesn’t share the same opinion.