SC ruling may allow Duterte to put entire Ph under martial law

The decision of the Supreme Court of the Philippines  may allow the Chief Executive to declare martial law on his discretion.

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Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo said the Constitution doesn't state that martial law is only confined in a specific place.

"The Constitution grants him the prerogative whether to put the entire Philippines or any part thereof under martial law. There is no constitutional edict that martial law should be confined only in the particular place where the armed public uprising actually transpired," said del Castillo.

Other ten justices upheld the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law in Mindanao. They are  Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin, Presbitero Velasco Jr, Jose Mendoza, Bienvenido Reyes, Diosdado Peralta, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Noel Tijam, Samuel Martires, and Francis Jardeleza.

On the other hand, Associate Justice Antonio Carpio believes that Martial law should only be limited to Marawi City while Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa voted to limit martial law to the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Sulu.

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen was the lone dissenter in the High Court, siding with the petitioners' bid to nullify Proclamation No. 216.

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Eduardo Año and Philippine National Police (PNP) chief director General Ronald Bato dela Rosa have said they would recommend to the President to extend Martial law in Mindanao which is supposed to end by July 22.

Source: ABS-CBNCNN PhRappler