Saturday, February 25, 2006

Proc. No. 1017 copy pasted from Proc. No. 1081

Paul Santos in his blog points out that the text of the original Marcos Martial Law Proclamation, (Proc. No. 1081), and the recent Declaration of National Emergency (Proc. No. 1017) by Pres. Arroyo are the same text. He writes,

Proclamation No. 1017:

“NOW, THEREFORE, I Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Republic of the Philippines and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested upon me by Section 18, Article 7 of the Philippine Constitution which states that: “ The President…whenever it becomes necessary,…may call out (the) armed forces to prevent or suppress…rebellion…, “ and in my capacity as their Commander-in-Chief, do hereby command the Armed Forces of the Philippines, to maintain law and order throughout the Philippines, prevent or suppress all forms of lawless violence as well any act of insurrection or rebellion and to enforce obedience to all the laws and to all decrees, orders and regulations promulgated by me personally or upon my direction; and as provided in Section 17, Article 12 of the Constitution do hereby declare a State of National Emergency.”

Now, Proclamation No. 1081:

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested upon me by Article VII, Section 10, Paragraph (’2) of the Constitution, do hereby place the entire Philippines as defined in Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution under martial law and, in my capacity as their commander-in-chief, do hereby command the armed forces of the Philippines, to maintain law and order throughout the Philippines, prevent or suppress all forms of lawless violence as well as any act of insurrection or rebellion and to enforce obedience to all the laws and decrees, orders and regulations promulgated by me personally or upon my direction.”

As I stated earlier, Proc. No. 1017 is a declaration of Martial Law disguised as a declaration of National Emergency. This is not an accident. Proc. No. 1017 was copy pasted from Proc. No. 1081 because the true intent is to declare martial law and mask it as declaration of national emergency. What is the implication? Any military action that was justified in 1972 by Proc. No. 1081, if done today may be justified by Proc. No. 1017.

God bless us all!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

it might be the same but President Arroyo will never declare Martial Law because if she did, her tenure in office is DONE. The people just won't accept another Martial Law. The people will throw her out of office if she decide to declare the Infamous Law.

marvin said...

Proc. No. 1017 is a martial law disguised as a declaration of national emergency. Any act that can be justifed by a martial law declaration can be justified under Proc. No. 1017.