SC believes martial law is an urgent measure for Ph survival

The Supreme Court of the Philippines declared the validity of Proclamation 216 or President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law proclamation in Mindanao.

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According to SC, the constitution gives the president the authority to place any part of the entire Philippines under martial law thus the declaration is practical and logical.

“There is no constitutional edict that martial law should be confined only in the particular place where the armed public uprising actually transpired. This is not only practical but also logical,” the Supreme Court said in its 82-page decision written by Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo.

The highest court in the country also said martial law is an urgent measure for the country's survival.

“Martial law is an urgent measure since at stake is the nation’s territorial sovereignty and survival.”

Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo – De Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Jose Mendoza, Bienvenido Reyes, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires and Noel Tijam concurred in the decision and all submitted their opinions.

SC also pointed out that Duterte need not wait for the war in Marawi to spread to other areas in Mindnanao.

They find it as an immediate response made by the president to maintain peace and public safety.

“The President has to respond quickly… The President’s duty to maintain peace and public safety is not limited only to the place where there is actual rebellion; it extends to other areas where the present hostilities are in danger of spilling over,” the high court added.

Source: RapplerInquirerGMA