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SC sets oral arguments on petitions vs. martial law extension on Jan. 16, 17

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The Supreme Court (SC) has consolidated the petitions of the “Magnificent 7” lawmakers and the group led by militant legislators seeking to declare as unconstitional the extension of martial law over Mindanao.

SC spokesperson Theodore Te said on Wednesday (January 10) “the Court directed the consolidation” of the petitions.

Last December 27, the “Magnifecent 7” led by Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman filed before the SC a petition seeking 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.

Meanwhile, Te said the SC has set “the conduct of oral arguments on the consolidated petitions on January 16, 2018 at 2:00 in the afternoon and on January 17, 2018 starting at 10:00 in the morning.

“The parties are directed to submit their respective Memorandum not later than 5:00 in the afternoon of January 20, 2018 (Saturday),” he said.

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.