​VERA FILES FACT SHEET: Lawless violence grounds for martial law in draft charter

Aside from invasion and rebellion, the president may declare martial law citing lawless violence in the draft revised 1987 Constitution.

The draft charter, approved as a whole July 9, also includes threats to cybersecurity as basis for the president to “take all necessary actions to repel or quell” attacks -- similar to the process of declaring martial law in the 1987 Constitution.

In this fifth installment, VERA Files highlights provisions in a new Article on national security and public order.

-- Lucille Sodipe, Daniel Abunales, Maria Feona Imperial, Celine Isabelle Samson, Merinette Retona, Kim Muaña

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