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New petition filed against martial law extension

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A group which includes Constitutional expert, lawyer Christian Monsod, and Dinagat Islands Representative Arlen Bag-ao have also joined calls asking the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the one-year extension of martial law over Mindanao due to its unconstitutionality..

The group also filed on Friday (January 12) a petition asking “a Temporary Restraining Order against the extension of martial law in Mindanao be issued to enjoin the respondents from further implementing Proclamation No. 216.”

With this, the group also asked the SC to “review the President’s exercise of his Commander-in-Chief powers, compel respondents to present proof on the factual basis for the one-year extension of the proclamation of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao…”

President Rodrigo Duterte issued back in May 2017 Proclamation No. 216 which declared martial law over Mindanao following the attack of the Maute terrorist group over Marawi City.

Earlier on Friday, former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Etta Rosales also filed a petition asking the SC to void the extension given to martial law in Mindanao.

The first petition was filed last December 27 by the “Magnifecent 7” of Congress led by Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman who sought before the SC a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a writ of preliminary injunction to stop the martial law extension due to its unconstitutionality.

Then, on January 8, militant lawmakers Bayan Muna party-lisrt Representartive Carlos Zarate and Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao, along with other several others also filed a separate petition before the SC also seeking to declare as unconstitutional the martial law extension.

Martial law over Mindanao is supposed to end on December 31, 2017, but Congress voted in favor to grant the request of Duterte to extend it for another year.