SC justices set July 4 vote on martial law

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The Supreme Court (SC) en banc will vote on July 4 on petitions seeking to junk President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration in Mindanao.

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The vote will be ahead of the 30-day period within which the high court must decide on petitions against the martial law declaration, which falls on July 5; as well as the end of the maximum 60-day duration of martial law under the Constitution, which falls on July 22.

Justice Mariano del Castillo was tasked to make a thorough review and draft the decision on the case.

The July 4 en banc session will be the last for Justice Bienvenido Reyes, who retires on July 6 and turns 70 years old. Reyes is a classmate and fraternity brother of Duterte at the San Beda College of Law and the Lex Talionis Fraternity, respectively.

The first petition against Duterte’s martial law was filed by representatives from the opposition led by Edcel Lagman, Tomasito Villarin, Gary Alejano, Emmanuel Billones and Teodoro Baguilat Jr.

These lawmakers argue that contrary to the claim of Malacañang, there was no invasion or rebellion endangering public safety that could justify President Duterte’s Proclamation 216, which also suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus and effectively allowed warrantless arrests.

They said the proclamation, titled “Declaring a state of martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao,” was bereft of sufficient factual basis and should be nullified.

Another petition was filed by activists and militant lawmakers, led by ACT Teachers’ Party-list, Gabriela Women’s party-list and Kabataan party-list; and four female Marawi City residents led by Norway Mohamad.

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  1. If Sereno and her Yellow minions in SC Junks ML, NO problem. Just file “Motion for Reconsideration” that will take at least another month to resolve.

  2. dating sakristan on

    The AFP’s on going mission in Marawi have yet to be accomplished; there are still few remnants of terrorists in the area. If for some reason the Supreme Court will vote to terminate Martial Law in Mindanao, The AFP will have difficulties in gaining its momentum again. The terrorists, foreign and homegrown, will have all the advantage such as to regroup, resupply of logistics, refresh personnel, reposition their assets, review the weakness areas of the AFP, evaluate their positions such as where they can position ambushes (killing zones) and snipers to maximize targets, communicate to the outside world such as getting in touch by their supporters and sympathizers, and so on. The bottom line is this: ending the Martial Law in Mindanao will be a disadvantaged to the AFP and a lost dream for the President-“uniting the country”. We should remember, that there are very influential external elements mixed with homegrown terrorists, that are not even considered as human beings.