WATCH: Duterte wants Martial Law without approval from Congress, SC

President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants the 1987 Constitution amended to allow the declaration of Martial Law without the approval of Congress and the Supreme Court on Thursday, December 22.


In his speech in Angeles City, Duterte emphasized said he wants the Martial Law declaration as a sole prerogative of the President.

The Congress and the High Court have the power to review the declaration of Martial Law as stated in the 1987 constitution.

Duterte quoted the Congress and the High Court are both inefficient to review the declaration.

"May giyera na, pupunta pa ako sa Congress, sa SC?" Duterte lamented. "Paano kung hindi magkasundo ang SC at Congress? Sino susundin ng pulis?"

The President has been eyeing with the idea of Martial Law declaration as she asked Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno if the chief magistrate could bestow the power to the president to declare martial Law.

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[Source: ABS-CBN News]