On Martial Law

As the Republic’s commander-in-chief, the President, as mandated by the 1987 Constitution, may declare Martial Law “in case of rebellion, when the public safety requires it.” Moreover, he / she may suspend the writ of habeas corpus which safeguards freedom against arbitrary action by the State.

On May 23, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law over Mindanao on the grounds of rebellion. More than a month after Mindanao was placed under Martial Law and the writ of habeas corpus was suspended, Mindanao remains a mess with a slim chance of ending its problems with terrorism.

Martial Law should be a measure of last resort following the other two emergency powers of the President: (1) call out the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and (2) suspend the writ of habeas corpus. It should be commensurate to the acts of actual invasion or rebellion and must satisfy the requirement of public necessity. Declaring Martial Law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus without actual rebellion or if not warranted for public safety, may lead to numerous human rights abuses that some of our Congressmen argue in the Supreme Court.

While it is true that Martial Law declared in Mindanao is different from that of the Martial Law declared by President Marcos in 1972, the challenge remains if the declaration satisfies the requirements stipulated in the 1987 Constitution. Lastly, vigilance is necessary to call out human rights abuses while Martial Law is in effect and the writ of habeas corpus is suspended.

Death Penalty

I am against the possible reimposition of the death penalty in the Philippines. Due to a flawed and error-prone justice system in the country, the revival of the death penalty could lead to wrongful executions of innocent lives. Such is the case of Leo Echegaray who was mistakenly executed in 1999. In 2006, the Supreme Court, headed by then Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, disclosed that it has blundered when its decision caused the life of Echegaray.

Emphasis should be placed on rehabilitation of the convicted rather than the imposition of death penalty for heinous and even other crimes. The country needs alternatives not only to death penalty but also to jail time. An example of which is the war on drugs. The judiciary can punish people for the crimes they committed to get, use, and / or sell illegal drugs but that is not the solution for treating the mental illness or health disorder associated with these offenses.

As a democratic nation, we should continue to struggle for the upholding of each and everyone’s rights to live and enjoy fair justice. Let us not bring back this nation to a medieval, outdated, and barbaric means of providing justice. Death Penalty has long been proven for not being able to deter crimes. Moreover, it doesn’t provide a chance for a convicted to be vindicated in case of mistrial which has sadly been the case in the past.

Execute justice, not people.


Sometimes, I want to become a doctor and be better than most of them. A doctor who sees the patient beyond the illness, one who truly cares.

But most of the time, I want to continue pursuing a career in nursing and be better than myself today.

Either way, I know I can bring change only if I put my heart into it.


Sobrang eventful ng araw na ‘to (07-03-17)

1. Muntik na akong ma-late. This is why I hate Mondays. Huhu.
2. Biglang nagcode yung patient na nasa stretcher bed (along hallway) habang nagaganap ang nursing rounds (immediately after endorsements). Naubos yung oxygen sa tangke. Malayo yung wall oxygen outlet. Iisa ang portable suction machine.
3. Biglang nagbrownout a few minutes after the code. Nagbrownout TWICE within the shift.

Meron kaming 10 patients with oxygen support. Most of them are hooked to mechanical ventilators. Yung iba naka tracheostomy mask, nasal cannula, or face mask. Imagine kung gaano kami kaagit habang naghahanap ng O2 pipe in / flow meters sa madilim na lugar. Meron lang kaming iilang O2 pipe in / flow meters. Yung iba sira pa. Iisa lang ang available oxygen tank. 😢Umiiyak yung ibang bantay. Pati kami kinakabahan at nag-aalala. But this is nothing compared to what happened in other areas (i.e. ICUs, ER). And I wouldn’t dare imagine.

What we did and lessons for reference:
1) Remain calm. Instruct the relatives or watchers on what to do.
3) We need EMERGENCY LIGHTS!!! Ang pagamutan ng bayan walang emergency lights!!!
4) We need more wall / VACUUM SUCTION METERS / GAUGE.

ITO ANG KATOTOHANAN. Sa totoo lang, mas malala pa sa ibang maliliit na pampublikong ospital.

Sinasalamin ng PGH ang ilan sa pangit (at magaganda) na aspeto ng healthcare system ng bansa. Hindi lang dapat binubuhos ang pera para sa mga pasyente (i.e. LIBRENG gamot, laboratory procedures). Mag-invest tayo sa facilities at equipment. Mag-invest tayo higit lalo sa tao / manggagawa. Dagdagan ang plantilla para sa healthcare professionals!

Sa kabila ng lahat ng ito, nakasisiguro ang lahat na sinisikap namin (HCPs) na bigyan ng kalidad na serbisyo ang mga pasyente at mga pamilya nila. Lagi’t lagi, #ParaSaBayan!

P.S. Nakakagalit po yung MD na alam namang brownout at maraming intubated sa ward (na kailangan asikasuhin kasi hindi gagana ang mechanical ventilator without power supply) pero hahanapin sa akin yung charts. Doc, sense of urgency?