As long as a citizen abides by the law, he or she should not be in trouble.
But what if you’re apprehended by authorities for some reason – or in times of emergency, like the recent declaration of martial law in Mindanao – you’re picked up due to supposed security concerns?
Remember, the Constitution remains in effect – even during those times. Along with relevant laws and issuances, the Constitution makes sure citizen’s rights continue to be respected.
Article III, Section 12 of the 1987 Constitution (also known as the Bill of Rights) states that any person under investigation for the commission of a crime or offense “shall have the right to be informed of his right to remain silent and to have competent and independent counsel preferably of his own choice.”
If you can’t afford a lawyer, the state will provide you with one.
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