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Palace confident Supreme Court will uphold Duterte’s martial law extenstion in Mindanao

By Prince Golez

Malacañang on Sunday expressed confidence that the Supreme Court will uphold the full-year extension of martial law in Mindanao.

This, after opposition lawmakers questioned the constitutionality of the third extension of the implementation of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the region.

“We are confident that the continuing rebellion in Mindanao as well the demands of public safety requires the continued existence of martial law in that area, and the Supreme Court will uphold its continued imposition,” said spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The grounds cited by the opposition in opposing the third extension of Martial Law are more or less similar with the grounds cited the previous petition in opposing the 2nd extension of Martial Law,” Panelo added.

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, one of the petitioners, said that martial law should only be declared in case of rebellion and for public safety.

The government, Lagman added, had achieved its sole purpose of imposing martial law in Mindanao after they declared in October 2017 the defeat of threats groups such as the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria-inspired Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf Group.

Other petitioners were Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr, Caloocan City 2nd District Representative Edgar Erice, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte, and Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao.

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