MANILA - (UPDATED) The Supreme Court (SC) upheld in an en banc session on Tuesday its July 4, 2017 ruling affirming President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the whole of Mindanao.
Voting 10 (dismissal of petitions) - 3 (partial grant of petitions) -
1 (grant petitions), with Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza on leave, the high court reiterated its ruling that there was sufficient factual basis for President Duterte to place the entire southern Philippine region under martial rule and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.
In a news conference, SC Public Information Office chief Atty. Theodore Te said the three motions for reconsideration, filed by the three petitioners in the case, were junked for mootness and lack of
The vote was as follows:
IN FAVOR OF DISMISSING PETITIONS
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 Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe
Associate Justice Samuel R. Martires
Associate Justice Noel G. Tijam
Associate Justice Bienvenido L. Reyes
Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo
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
Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza was on leave during the vote.
The government declared an end to hostilities in Marawi last October 23, after soldiers killed the leaders of Maute and other extremists.
The military is set to give a recommendation this week on whether or not Duterte should extend martial law in Mindanao as the government rebuilds Marawi, Malacañang said Monday.
The 5-month conflict in the southern city displaced some 350,000 residents and left dead 1,100 people.