Supreme Court (SC) justices voted to dismiss all petitions questioning the validity of martial law in Mindanao because they believe that terrorism is not limited in Marawi City, a source at the high court said.
On Tuesday, 11 justices upheld the declaration of martial law in the south but three of them said martial rule should have been limited in Marawi.
The source told The Manila Times that Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, in his draft decision that was backed by majority of the justices, said the atrocities being committed by the Maute Group cannot be confined in Marawi.
The decision pointed out that the widespread attacks in Mindanao and the “linkages established among rebel groups” which was seen in Marawi can also occur in other areas, the source said.
With this, the high court believes that the president has the reasonable basis to believe that the declaration of martial law in the whole Mindanao is “the most necessary, effective, and called for by the circumstances.”
The source said that Del Castillo even narrated the atrocities which does not limit to Marawi alone, this include the bombing in Barangay Campo Uno in Basilan, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) kidnapping of 3 Indonesian in Bakungan, Tawi Tawi, the bombing of ASG in Danapah, Basilan, the 11 explosions by the BIFF in Mindanao, the beheading of ASG with victim Juergen Kantner in Sulu, the infiltrationn of ASG in Inabaga, Bohol, the beheading of Noel Besconde and the kidnapping and beheading of SSG. Anni Siraji.
The SC Majority took judicial notice also for the fight for autonomy in Mindanao by our Muslim brothers since time immemorial.
Although the legal means were done with the peace talks with the Moro rebels, the violent extremism and the jihadist methods were still done in fighting for the autonomy.
With this, the high court majority argued that Duterte possesses and vital information which an ordinary filipino, even the judiciary do not have.
Only Justice Marvic Leonen allowed for the granting of the petitions and junking of martial law.
On the other hand, Chief Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno, Justices Antonio Carpio, and Benjamin Caguioa, ruled to partly grant the petitions and has set reservations to the territorial coverage of martial law, which would limit it to certain geographical areas only and not the entire Mindanao.