Philippines: Vast scope of Duterte’s martial law powers causing alarm

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte listens to questions from reporters as he arrives at Manila’s international airport, Philippines, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Duterte warned Wednesday that he’ll be harsh in enforcing martial law in his country’s south as he abruptly left Moscow to deal with a crisis at home sparked by a Muslim extremist siege on a city, where militants burned buildings overnight and are feared to have taken hostages. AP/Aaron Favila

MANILA, Philippines (First Published June 14, 9:35 p.m.) — Petitioners are wary the broad powers extended to President Rodrigo Duterte under martial law may be abused, citing alleged extrajudicial killings in the administration’s drug war and reported violations documented on the ground in Marawi City.

On the second day of oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Wednesday on Proclamation 216, which imposed martial law and suspended the privilege of the…

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