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SC allays fears over martial law

The Supreme Court has allayed the fears, prejudices, and apprehensions of the public over the declaration of martial law in Mindanao in which President Duterte has sufficient factual basis to impose as “there is probable cause to believe that rebellion exists and that public safety requires it.”

Petitioners led by Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman have given up hopes of convincing the Supreme Court to reverse its decision upholding the declaration of martial law over Mindanao.

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Eleven of the 15 justices of the Supreme Court (SC) voted yesterday to dismiss the three petitions against President Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216 in a decision that, in effect, declared constitutional the imposition of martial law and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao for 60 days.

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“Change” was a no show during President Duterte’s first year in office, according to opposition Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, but credited the Chief Executive for holding the “nation together” in his first year despite his “unpresidential demeanor, profane language, abusive rhetoric, and flawed policy statements.”

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Opposition leader Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman yesterday warned of the dangers in amending the 1987 Constitution following President Duterte’s pronouncement that he would seek the dismantling of congressional and judicial safeguards on the declaration of Martial Law.

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Two motions were filed yesterday to reconsider the Supreme Court November 8 decision that allowed the burial of President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

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