November 23, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Drilon: No ‘unli’ martial law under the Constitution

SENATE MINORITY Leader Franklin M. Drilon on Sunday said any extension of martial law must not exceed the original 60-day period as provided by the 1987 Constitution. “We cannot have an unlimited or ‘unli’- martial law in Mindanao,” Mr. Drilon, a former justice secretary, said in an interview with DZBB that his office thereafter issued in a statement to the media. The martial law declaration in Mindanao expires on June 22 while Congress resumes session next week on the occasion of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s State of the Nation Address on July 24. Mr. Drilon said any extension of martial rule must not go beyond 60 days “in accordance with the intentions of the framers of the 1987 Constitution.” He added: “Given that the 1987 Constitution places utmost importance on our systems of checks and balances, any notion of perpetual or even a five-year martial law rule in any part of the country can never be allowed under the fundamental law.”