The highest courtroom in the Philippines backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s imposition of martial regulation in Mindanao aimed toward defeating terrorist teams behind the Marawi City disaster.
During Tuesday’s en banc session, 11 out of 14 justices from the Supreme Court voted to dismiss the consolidated petitions in opposition to the Martial Law declaration in Mindanao whereas three consider that the protection of martial regulation ought to be restricted to Marawi City and close by areas.
Only one justice voted in opposition to the Martial Law declaration of President Duterte as a result of of alleged lack of factual foundation.
This are the checklist of the SC Justices who voted on the destiny of Martial Law:
IN FAVOR OF THE MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO:
Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr.
Associate Justice Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro
Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta
Associate Justice Lucas P. Bersamin
Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo
Associate Justice Jose C. Mendoza
Associate Justice Bienvenido L. Reyes
Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe
Associate Justice Francis H. Jardeleza
Associate Justice Samuel R. Martires
Associate Justice Noel G. Tijam
IN FAVOR OF MARTIAL LAW ONLY IN MARAWI CITY AND NEARBY AREAS:
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio
Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa
NO FACTUAL BASIS FOR MARTIAL LAW DECLARATION:
Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
Malacañnag expressed their pleasure after the judiciary favored the choice of the chief and legislative department of the federal government to take care of the martial regulation declaration in Mindanao.
“The High Court has spoken: Proclamation 216 is constitutional. The President is sworn to protect the Filipino people. He will not waver in this commitment to end rebellion, the evil of terrorism and to liberate Marawi,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a press release mentioned.
“With the Supreme Court decision, the whole government now stands together as one against a common enemy,” he added.