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Rosales files separate petition to stop martial law extension

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Former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Etta Rosales has also joined other petitions asking the Supreme Court (SC) to void the extension given to martial law in Mindanao.

Rosales filed her petition Friday (January 12) after the SC ordered the consolidation of the other petitions and set these for oral arguments this January 16 and, then, on January 17.

In her petition, Rosales also agreed with other petitioners that there is no basis to extend martial law for another year until Dec. 31, 2018.

“With all due respect, and without diminishing the threat posed by any of the foregoing, none of these constitute actual rebellion or actual invasion,” read her petition.

“Moreover, it mistakes the distinction between the need for military force which is effected through the use of the calling out powers of the President, on one hand, and the need for imposing martial law on the civilian population, on the other,” she added.

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 President Rodrigo Duterte to extend it for another year.