Martial law ‘precisely the very tool to save democracy’

Martial law ‘precisely the very tool to save democracy’



Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo sure knows how to be in the headlines.
In the 47th anniversary of the proclamation of martial law or Proclamation 1081 under strongman and former President Ferdinand Marcos, Panelo said martial law is the “tool to save democracy” in the country but it should not be abused. There is s a reason why it is included in the 1987 Constitution.


“Those who perceive that a declaration of martial law is anti-democratic is oblivious of the fact that its application is precisely the very tool to save the exercise of democracy. It is only when it is clothed with abuse by its enforcers that it becomes obnoxious,” Panelo said in a statement.

Former President Ferdinand Marcos and current President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(photo credit to owner)


“Necessarily, its proclamation arises only upon constitutional dictates. Any violation thereof subject the transgressors to the wrath and vengeance of the Constitution,” he added.

Panelo said the declaration of Marcos then, “instilled discipline among the citizenry at its inception, as well as reaping success in dismantling the then spreading communist insurgency in the country.”

But Panelo said, such declaration of martial law during the time of Marcos “instilled discipline among the citizenry at its inception, as well as reaping success in dismantling the then spreading communist insurgency in the country.”


He further said that as a nation we should took note of the lessons of the past in order to be guided in the future

“Relative to our quest to strengthen the Republic and its institutions, the Palace urges everyone to look at the past to guide us on what to do with the present, that it may serve us better in the future,” he said.





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