Group hits Supreme Court’s decision on Martial Law

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

A GROUP opposing the implementation of the martial law hit the Supreme Court (SC) on its decision to junk the petitions questioning the constitutionality of the martial law extension in Mindanao.

Barug Katungod Mindanao spokesperson Ryan Amper told Sun.Star Davao that the decision of the court virtually gives the administration under President Rodrigo Duterte the go-signal to carry out oppression.

“It also shows the Supreme Court kneeling before this dictatorship, cowering in fear to protect their personal interest and the posterity of their careers,” Amper said.

With the vote of 10-5, the Supreme Court in its en banc session, junked on Tuesday the four petitions filed against the martial law extension.

The dismissed petitions were filed by Representatives Edcel Lagman, Tomasito Villarin, Edgar Erice, Teddy Brawner Baguilat, Gary Alejano, and Emmanuel Billones.

The Supreme Court insisted that there were enough bases and it is within the bounds of the Constitution the decision of Congress to approve the extension of the martial law in Mindanao, following the five-month battle in Marawi City.

Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on February 08, 2018.

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