Saturday, December 5, 2009

On the Martial Law in Maguindanao

Because we haven't watched the news and I haven't seen the papers lately, I did not know that Martial Law was at last declared in Maguindanao.


And the current buzz in the world wide web right now is this: announcement to the whole world that the President just declared martial law in one of the provinces of the whole country, and that before, there was this statement of "Never again Martial Law", some tweets ask if it's lawful, some say that it's not because of this and that... here's a snapshot of the current twitter trend (click on the image to enlarge):




Atty. Marvic Leonen, Dean of UP Law, has published his statement already, see it here.
Senator Francis Pangilinan has also blogged about it here, saying (quoting directly from his post)

"Under Section 18 Article VII, Martial Law can only be declared if there is an invasion or rebellion. Neither is existing in the case of the Maguindanao massacre. The massacre is neither a rebellion nor an invasion but a case of multiple murders involving government officials loyal to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The truth is all key personalities are now under police custody. The factual basis for a Martial Law declaration therefore appears to be inexistent."

I tell you, if your name is Martial Law, you just got famous! World renowned! Everybody, EVERYBODY is now talking about you in twitter!


Nie, should be name our child, when he/she comes, Martial Law?! 
{Or maybe not, the child might think of cursing me for the rest of his/her blessed life.}






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