Had not President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law over Mindanao, the Maute terrorist group would have established a foothold from its assault on Marawi City.
Solicitor General Jose Calida made this level on Wednesday (June 14) in the course of the oral arguments earlier than the Supreme Court (SC) over the petitions looking for Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216 which declared martial law and suspension of habeas corpus over Mindanao.
“Were it not for the President’s swift and decisive action in declaring martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, the rebels could have established a stronghold at the heart of Mindanao,” he acknowledged.
“These rebels seek to establish a wilayah or Islamic province in Mindanao,” he reminded.
Duterte issued Proclamation No. 216 after the the Maute, which has pledged allegiance to the worldwide terrorist group Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS), attacked Marawi City on May 23.