SC sets oral arguments on petitions against martial law extension

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) seeks to study anew the basis of the government in extending for another year the enforcement of military rule in Mindanao.

In line with this, the high tribunal has set a 2-day oral argument to discuss the petitions questioning the martial law extension.

The SC also ordered the consolidation of the petitions filed by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and other groups.

“The submission of comment on GR No. 236061 by the Solicitor General’s Office not later than 5:00 in the afternoon of January 13, 2018 (Saturday) with the comment to be served personally on counsel for petitioners,” SC Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te said.

“The court further directed the conduct of oral argument on the consolidated petitions on January 16, 2018 at 2:00 in the afternoon and January 17, 2018 starting at 10:00 in the morning,” Te added.

The petitions are asking the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the 1-year extension of the military rule in the southern region of the country.

They argued that there is no actual rebellion in Mindanao that calls for the extension of martial law.

The government’s move, they note, also violates the Constitution that limits the enforcement of a military rule.

Solicitor General Jose Calida initially argued that there is an urgent need to extend martial law in Mindanao since there remains a threat of terrorism in the region.

It can be recalled the high tribunal affirmed last December 5 its decision in favor of the previous and first extension of the military rule in Mindanao.  – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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