No coercion in SC decision to uphold Mindanao martial law: analyst


Posted at Jul 04 2017 06:35 PM

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The Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao was independently reached and expected, an analyst said Tuesday.

Legal and governance expert Tony La ViƱa said that, with the way the justices voted, it appears that martial law is seen as a tool to help quell violence and threats of rebellion in war-torn Marawi City.

"This was an independently-arrived at decision. I think we have to praise the Supreme Court here. I think the process worked. There was really no coercion here," he said.

Eleven magistrates voted to uphold Duterte's declaration of military rule over all of Mindanao, while three voted to limit military rule within Marawi City and nearby areas. One justice, meanwhile, voted to nullify the proclamation altogether.

--ANC Top Story, July 4, 2017