Thoughts on the Martial Law in Maguindanao

In this technologically advanced communication, I think I was one of the first people to receive tweets (messages from Twitter) from Julius Babao and the ABSCBN Twitter accounts about the declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao. I received the tweet from ANC last night around 8pm. This morning Martial Law has been the talk of the town.

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Some politicians like Senator Pangilinan have been criticizing the declaration.

“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.”

(You can see Senator Pangilinan’s blog here:

Other tweets from Senator Kiko Pangilinan: (You can follow him in Twitter, just look for kikopangilinan)

“Invasion refers to foreign troops entering and taking over territory of the Republic.”

“Rebellion is defined as a public uprising and the taking up of arms against the govt for the purpose of removing allegiance to the govt.”

“We want justice for the massacre but martial law must have legal basis. Taking a life must have legal basis, w/o it, it is murder.”

“Declaring Martial law w/o legal basis undermines the rule of law& does not strengthen it. Govt must go after the masterminds lawfully.”

Kanina Julius Babao was asking for our opinions on the martial law declaration, and I replied that “As long as GMA will not stay in power like Marcos, as long as it will last only for 60 days, I think its okay.”

Naisip ko lang, magulo na rin sa Maguindanao. Kailangan lang din siguro na madisiplina sila. Ewan ko lang ha. Pero after reading Senator Kiko’s blog and reading his definition, siya ang legal expert, I guess may point siya na hindi rin naman kailangan ng martial law dahil wala naman “invasion” at “rebellion” as defined.

I remember Dad talking about Martial Law before he left the country. Ang tinanong ko was, “Bakit kailangan i-declare ni Marcos ang Martial Law?” At ang sagot niya, “Kasi magulo na noon sa Maguindanao.” Napaisip ako…What if gamitin ni PGMA ang Martial Law to stay in power? What if magkaroon ulit tayo ng diktador? Nakakatakot. We don’t know the real deal behind Arroyo’s declaration but I’m hoping and praying that this will help bring justice to the the victims of the Magindanao massacre and at the same time sana wala rin nalalabag na human rights regarding the arrests of the Ampatuans.

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