JUNKED PETITIONS | SC affirms validity of 3rd martial law extension
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FEBRUARY 19, 2019 – Voting 9-4, the Supreme Court (SC) upheld the constitutionality of the martial law extension in Mindanao until the end of 2019.
The SC junked on Tuesday the four consolidated petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte’s order, filed by the “Magnificent 7” and Makabayan bloc of the House of Representatives, human rights lawyers led by Christian Monsod, and Mindanao residents represented by the Free Legal Assistance Group.
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Prior to this, the high court backed the validity and constitutionality of martial law in Mindanao twice: in 2017 and 2018.
Duterte formally requested for the third extension to Congress on December 6 last year, claiming threats of terrorism and rebellion continue to persist in the region.
Lawmakers swiftly approved the request, with 235 affirmatives against 28 negatives and one abstention.
With this, Mindanao will be under martial rule from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus is likewise suspended until the aforementioned time.