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Guevarra on invasion: It is armed actions by human beings, not viruses

/ 08:43 PM May 04, 2020
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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.
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MANILA, Philippines — “Invasion” is mentioned as one of the basis to declare martial law under Article VII, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution.  But can the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 be considered an invasion?

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said yes because “there is an actual invasion of the coronavirus disease, which is pandemic” that threatens the entire country.

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The new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, which originated from Wuhan, China, has infected over 9, 485 in the country and killed 623.

But Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said: “In the context of martial law, ‘invasion’ refers to invasion of a country by foreign armed forces.”

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“This is analogous to the other ground for declaring martial law, i.e., rebellion, which is an armed uprising against the government by its own citizens. Both terms [referring to invasion and rebellion] refer to armed actions by human beings, not by non-living things like viruses,” he added.

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