Duterte to Heed Military’s Judgment on Martial Law, Will Ignore Congress and Court

Despite constitutional mandates requiring congressional approval and allowing judicial review of a martial law declaration, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would ignore the two branches and heed only the military’s judgment of the situation. This runs counter to earlier assurances by some administration officials that safeguards exist in the constitution that would prevent proper checks and balances, as well as limit the…

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