President Rodrigo Duterte assured the general public he would follow the Supreme Court’s choice on a petition difficult his declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
“Of course (I will follow). We are bound by rules. Supreme Court na ‘yan. Maybe you may differ individually with your. Because you cannot agree on almost anything all the time,” mentioned Duterte in an interview in Sultan Kudarat.
This is a serious step-back from his preliminary declaration that he would only listen to the army who knew the situations on the bottom relatively than lawmakers and armchair critics.
The SC will maintain oral arguments from June 13 to 15 on a petition led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman who claimed the declaration of martial law was unlawful as a result of it was not sanctioned by a joint session of Congress, a key constitutional provision meant to stop only one man from imposing martial law similar to what the dictator Ferdinand Marcos did in 1972.
“It is the matter of… Itong… the set up of government. What is the final answer. I’m sure that they would take into account the fighting going on, and what’s behind it. Ang nakakatakot ‘yung ISIS,” he added.
”Kung magbalik ‘yung mga ISIS doon. Bahala na ang Supreme Court diyan mag-appreciate,” he mentioned.
Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23 when ISIS-backed terrorists took management of Marawi City. Duterte claimed he acted on the army’s advice to declare martial law however this was denied by army officers who claimed the siege might be solved with out suspending civilian rights.