The state of our rights after martial law
By BENJIE OLIVEROS
The ouster of the Marcos dictatorship should have restored to us fully our rights and freedoms. But how do we fare 40 years after martial law?
1. Right to due process – Warrantless arrests continue to be pra
cticed with impunity especially in rural areas where farmers are picked up during military operations, mauled, and if their luck runs out, killed. In urban areas, the Ilagan doctrine, where complaints against arrests done without warrants are deemed moot and academic upon the filing of information, is still being considered as valid. Also the military and police still routinely plant evidence to justify the arrest of a suspect.