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    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Former Campaign Strategist of Leni Robredo defends Duterte: 'PRRD was decisive by invoking the right to declare Martial Law'

    Hours after President Rodrigo Duterte announced Martial Law in Mindanao, netizens from all over the Philippines, expressed their sentiments and criticisms on the issue. As it has been for the previous decisions made by the president, an intense exchange of arguments between the allies of the administration and its opposing critics proliferated in the media.

    Malou Tiquia, one of the critics in defense of Duterte, a columnist, and Leni Robredo’s former campaign strategist, laid out certain premises that backup president’s declaration while firing all the arguments back to the opposition.

    “What knee jerk?!” asked Tiquia. “PRRD (referring to president Duterte) was decisive by invoking the right to declare Martial Law. Do we all know the facts? Do you receive security briefings? No, because you are not president! There is such a thing as executive privilege!” she added.

    Apparently, Malou in her Facebook post did not identify the person whom she is referring to but one thing is for sure, it is addressed to anti-Duterte critics who allegedly claimed that the president is a so-called “knee jerk”.

    Tiquia also pointed out that Duterte’s local absence during such pronouncement is not something that needs critiquing. Instead, what is worth commendable would be the fact that the president chose to cut short his official visit to Russia to attend to his country.

    “That he chose to cut short an Official Visit, not a working one, is laudable. What does it tell you of the 72 year old guy?” said Tiquia.

    Prior to this controversial post by Tiquia, she published another Facebook post, citing the contents of Article VII, Section 18 of the Philippine Constitution which sets the grounds for Martial law proclamation.

    “The President shall be the Commander-in-Chief of all armed forces of the Philippines and whenever it becomes necessary, he may call out such armed forces to prevent or suppress lawless violence, invasion or rebellion. In case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it, he may, for a period not exceeding sixty days, suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus or place the Philippines or any part thereof under martial law.” (an excerpt from the Philippine Constitution)

    Consequently, Tiquia reacts on the “low-key” citation of the constitution and in response she said:

    “It is knee jerk to post Art VII Sec 18? That a grader understands it n knows it, think again? Or where you sleeping when a survey was made on how many read our Constitution and how many understood it? Do you know your rights under ML? Do you know the prescriptive periods provided by that provision? Do you know it by heart?”

    With the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, being the major argument fired by the opposition, Tiquia emphasized a part of the citation that reads:

    “A state of martial law does not suspend the operation of the Constitution, nor supplant the functioning of the civil courts or legislative assemblies, nor authorize the conferment of jurisdiction on military courts and agencies over civilians where civil courts are able to function, nor automatically suspend the privilege of the writ.

    The suspension of the privilege of the writ shall apply only to persons judicially charged for rebellion or offenses inherent in or directly connected with the invasion.” (an excerpt from the Philippine Constitution)

    With that it can somehow be implied that Martial Law’s declaration does not directly affect the lawful, innocent Mindanao citizens.

    Going back to Tiquia’s Facebook post in response to her critic, she claimed after being criticized for her toned-down postings, that:

    “To tone down posting is also a knee jerk? Man, the only thing you said in all ur post is that word: knee jerk! Why would you want a blow-by-blow? Why do you want blood n gory? You want to incite for an overkill? Wow! Never thought you had a fried mind!” said Tiquia still addressed to her critic.

    Another point of discussion from Tiquia’s anti-Duterte critic concerns about the terrorists’ victory. Following the thought of her facebook status, it can be deduced that the “critic” claimed that, with Duterte’s declaration, terrorists in Mindanao became victorious.

    “That the terrorist actually won when PRRD declared ML; posted the provision of the Constitution n appealed to ppl to tone down because Mindanao is under ML. Won what?” said Tiquia.

    In the end, Tiquia concluded that: “That one cannot be strategic n tactical with all these attendant moves? Hello? First, strategy comes before tactics. That by making a decisive action you change the theater of war. By sharing Art VII Sec 18, you inform all about rights, mind you, that applies to all. And by controlling the postings in social media, you gain the needed elbow room to maneuver.”

    Source: Malou Tiquia | Facebook
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