President Rodrigo Duterte wouldn’t have declared martial law in Mindanao if it’s not a part of his powers, he mentioned Thursday (July 6).
In a speech earlier than the members of the 403rd Infantry Brigade in Bukidnon, Duterte famous the “overwhelming” victory he gained when the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of Proclamation No. 216.
“The majority of the justices sustained me at hindi naman ako mag-declare ng martial law kung talagang hindi pwede, ka abogado ko,” he mentioned.
“And we won by an overwhelming mandate. It was only one. Ang lahat pumayag but ang iba naman gusto lang ng Marawi,” Duterte added.
Voting 11-Three-1, the Supreme Court junked the petitions questioning Duterte’s foundation for the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Of the 15 magistrates, it was solely Associate Justice Marvic Leonen who opposed the imposition of authoritarian rule.
While in favor of martial law, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justices Antonio Carpio
Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa needed it to be restricted to Marawi City and close by areas.
Duterte mentioned he needed to declare martial law in Mindanao on May 23 after being instructed by protection and safety officers whereas he was in Russia that the state of affairs in Marawi City had develop into important because of the combating between troopers and the Maute group.