Ombudsman on martial law: Bill of rights not suspended

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 29 2017 09:24 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. File Photo

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Monday said the Bill of Rights is not suspended and there are Constitutional limitations against possible abuses of martial law.

"Our Bill of Rights remain. The parameters of the declaration of Martial Law are defined in the Constitution," Morales said. 

Morales was cautious on her comments as possible cases may be filed against soldiers or government officials who might commit abuses under martial law. 

"Baka may cases na darating sa amin eh I might be prejudging inadvertently whatever actions we might be taking," Morales said. 

However, Morales said all possibilities are there.

"In the event of arbitrary arrests, then possible if it involves public officials or private officials in conspiracy with public officials," Morales. 

Morales also believes the President, who is a lawyer, and his advisers know what they are doing. 

President Duterte earlier said he may disregard the Supreme Court in connection with his actions after the declaration of martial law. 

"Salita lang yan eh. Until a case reaches the Supreme Court sasabihin natin o ganito ganyan. But he just said that. That's a mere reaction to the Supreme Court," Morales said.