SC upholds ruling affirming martial law in Mindanao

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 05 2017 01:59 PM | Updated as of Dec 05 2017 05:45 PM

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
merit.

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.