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Masbate BM Arevalo: No such thing as ‘martial law-like’ lockdown

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Masbate Senior Provincial Board Member Jason Arevalo said that there’s no such thing as “martial law-like” lockdown.

“There is no legal animal such as a “martial law-like” lockdown. Either it’s martial law or it is not,” said Arevalo, a lawyer by profession.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said that he might imposed a “martial law-like” enhanced community quarantine to impose health related protocols.

A leaked internal memorandum at the Philippine Air force circulated detailing the role of the PAF and the Armed Forces of the Philippines just in case the President impose such kind of order.

Arevalo said that should the president proceed to the “martial law-like” lockdown, the constitutional safeguards must be followed.

“In any event, the constitutional requirements must avail. Congress should be called to task, too. I submit though that many of the constitutional elements for the imposition of one are lacking,” said Arevalo.

“Unless the Palace just simply meant a more draconian and more military-run –and-supervised ECQ. But even then, due process and the Rule of Law cannot be locked up and quarantined,” he said.