Rights lawyers speak up against ‘knee-jerk’ martial law declaration

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Rights lawyers ain’t got time for another military rule.

According to the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation of martial law in Mindanao is a “sledgehammer, knee-jerk reaction” to terrorism.

According to Ephraim Cortez, an abogado and secretary general of the NUPL, the declaration of martial law should be an option of last resort, especially when the President himself had said it will be “as harsh as Marcos’ martial law.”

“Placing the entire Mindanao under martial law will open the flood gates for unbridled human rights violations and abuses. In the end, it is the civilian population who will be greatly affected. It gives blanket power and authority to conduct military crackdowns and operations that would result in the further diminution of the people’s constitutional rights,” Cortez added.

In times like this, vigilance is everyone’s friend.

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