Martial law supplants civilian with military authority. It is meant to be an extreme measure for an extreme situation. Learning from the past, framers of the 1987 Charter placed safeguards to make sure a President’s decision would be reviewed, and that it could not result in a self-coup to overturn constitutional government.
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Philippine Daily Inquirer Sunday