“The lowest form of intelligence”

Duterte will not declare Martial Law
President Duterte visits soon-liberated Marawi City for the second time last Sept 21 on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law. He said only an extra ordinary situation can force him to declare Martial Law nationwide otherwise, he will even lift ML in Marawi once fully liberated from ISIS Maute.


There are reports that there will be an attempt to oust President Duterte in October where the opposition and the NDF through the armed forces known as the National People’s Army or the NPA will stage an attempt to destabilize the government and oust President Duterte.

This was confirmed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) but they are still verifying it. When we say intelligence reports, these refer to military discipline that uses information collection and analysis approaches to provide guidance and direction to assist commanders in their decisions.

I do not know how they arrived at the conclusion that by October, there will be an attempt to overthrow the Duterte government. Is this only way to justify the declaration of Martial Law throughout the whole country?

There is already martial law in Mindanao and it has been extended by Congress. If indeed the Armed Forces believe there is a necessity to declare martial law in the Visayas and Luzon, then I am right in saying that the military intelligence is the lowest form of intelligence.

Under Article VII, Section 18 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, “In case of invasion or rebellion, when public safety requires it, he may, for a period not exceeding sixty days suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus or place the Philippines or any part thereof under Martial Law.”

Congress may within forty eight hours revoke such declaration, which revocation cannot be set aside by the President. Definitely, “public safety does not require it” and Congress will revoke such proclamation which the President cannot set aside.

The 1987 Constitution was adopted after the People’s Revolt against the Marcos dictatorship, thus, there are safeguards against abuses of Martial Law powers unless history repeat itself. Remember, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., sent military tanks, abolished, closed, and dissolved CONGRESS!