Solicitor General Jose Calida has requested the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petitions which sought the nullification of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216 which declared martial law and suspension of habeas corpus over Mindanao due to threats from native teams impressed by the worldwide terrorist group Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS).

In a 45-page consolidated remark submitted to the SC on Monday (June 12), Calida requested the excessive tribunal to “deny due course to the Consolidated Petitions and dismiss the Consolidated Petitions for fatal procedural defects and/or utter lack of merit.”

“Proclamation No. 216 enjoys the presumption of constitutionality, and the Petitioners miserably failed to ascribe grave abuse of discretion in its issuance,” learn his remark in response to three petitions filed earlier than the SC looking for the nullification of Proclamation 216.

“Quite the contrary, the Proclamation is amply supported by facts that a rebellion does exist, and the public safety requires it,” he careworn.

Calida reminded Duterte issued Proclamation 216 after members of the ISIS-inspred Maute terrorist group attacked Marawi City on May 23.

“In our midst is a real and present danger that threatens our lives and much-cherished liberties,” learn his remark in response to three petitions filed earlier than the SC looking for the nullification of Proclamation 216.

“In response to this danger, President Duterte issued Proclamation No. 216,” he identified.

The petitions is ready for oral arguments earlier than the SC on June 13, 14 and 15.

Source: politics.com.ph