SC is on Duterte's side for anti-martial law petition

The Supreme Court will uphold constitutionality of Proclamation No. 216 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte declaring martial law in Mindanao.

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Manila Times column said an overwhelming majority of justices in tribunal will vote to dismiss the petitions  questioning the validity of declaring martial law in Mindanao and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.

The SC is set to vote on the case during an en banc session on Tuesday.

The SC has received several petitions that question Duterte's basis for placing Mindanao under martial law last May 23 due to the terrorism attack of Maute group.

Among the petitioners were Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, Akbayan party-list Rep. Tomasito Villarin, Magdalo party-list Gary Alejano, Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilar and  Capiz Rep. Emmanuel Billones.

As stated in the Times' article, Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo circulated an 83-page draft decision clearing Duterte from the allegation that he abused his discretion when he signed the proclamation.

Del Castillo in the said draft decision stated that the SC found sufficient factual basis for the declaration.

"Thus the draft decision declared that the high tribunal cannot encroach on the powers of the executive and the legislative whether to revoke or extend the proclamation of martial law," the Times said.

Source: Manila TimesPolitics