Miriam's Sister Lambasts Sen. Hontiveros for Misunderstanding SC's Decision to Uphold Martial Law in Mindanao


European-based lawyer and the sister of the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Atty. Paula Santiago-Knack lambasts Sen. Risa Hontiveros anew for her alleged misunderstanding with the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Martial Law in Mindanao.


According to Atty. Paula Knack, Sen. Hontiveros is hopeless and she is "uneducable" in the words of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

The veteran international law expert stated that the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the Martial Law declaration of Pres. Duterte is "NOT A PRECEDENT."

Atty. Knack lectured Sen. Hontiveros by stating that the Marcos cases laid out all the issues on martial law, including review by the Supreme Court on the factual basis of declaration and only the Chief Executive has that power to determine whether martial law should be declared or not.

The situation of Pres. Duterte in the Marawi cases is worse because it deals with terrorists who have foreign fighters in their ranks in an area where there are multiple non-state armed groups sowing violence.


Here's the Complete Statement of Atty. Paula Knack:

VIRAL !! .......HONTIVEROS is HOPELESS !! ... SHE IS UNEDUCABLE in the words of Sen. Miriam !!

This decision is NOT A PRECEDENT :

The Marcos cases laid out all the issues on martial law, including review by the Supreme Court on the factual basis of the declaration. Only the Chief Executive has the power to determine whether martial law should be declared or not. No other branch of government has that power. Thats what the Marcos cases said. And those cases were against insurgency and subversives. The President situation is worse - it deals with terrorists who have foreign fighters in their ranks in an area where there are multiple non-state armed groups sowing violence !

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In a statement, Hontiveros said the ruling was a “missed opportunity for the Supreme Court to stand up against creeping authoritarianism.”

“The decision sets a dangerous precedent for undemocratic governance. Lest we forget, bad precedents stem from seemingly justifiable measures,” Hontiveros, a member of the Senate minority bloc, said. 

“With the ruling, Martial Law becomes the ‘default response’ of the state to address all acts of violence and lawlessness. Martial Law becomes a ‘silver bullet’ for a false peace,” she said.

Hontiveros said Duterte should not abuse the SC’s decision thinking it is a “free pass” to expand martial law in other areas of the country.

Duterte issued Proclamation No. 216 on May 23 declaring martial law in Mindanao following the attack of the Maute group in Marawi City.

Source: Atty. Paula Defensor-Knack FB Page


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