Leonen questions 'credibility' of reports justifying Mindanao martial law extension

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 29 2019 06:50 PM

Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen and Solicitor General Jose Calida. File

MANILA- Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen questioned inconsistencies in the list of incidents submitted by the government to justify the third extension of martial law in Mindanao.

“How do you explain inconsistencies, incomplete statements, inclusion of rido, kidnapping to support the extension of martial law?,” Leonen asked Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday, the first day of oral arguments on the petitions martial law extension.

Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa earlier pointed out discrepancies in the list submitted by the OSG in its comment to the petitions questioning the martial law extension.

Leonen asked Calida if intelligence reports to the President and Congress have been validated.

The Solicitor General said he has no personal knowledge but trusts the military.

Confronted with the discrepancies, Calida said these were mere clerical and human errors.

“Human? You went through a lot of submissions and it was shown kidnappings were included,” Leonen asked.

Calidad admitted he has not read all the statistics because he was focused on the arguments.

“Sufficiency of factual basis requires a certain level of consistency and credibility,” Leonen said.

Leonen had consistently dissented to the imposition and extension of martial law in Mindanao.