Otso Diretso bets hit Supreme Court decision upholding martial law extension

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 20 2019 05:23 PM

MANILA- Otso Diretso candidates said they were disappointed at the Supreme Court decision to uphold the extension of martial law in Mindanao. 

Former Solicitor General and law professor Florin "Pilo" Hilbay noted the disconnect between the provisions of the Constitution and how the Supreme Court decided on the matter.

“Ang tanong ko, ano pa ang ituturo ng mga law professors kung me malaking disparity between the language of the Constitution and the decision of the Supreme Court,” Hilbay said.

On Tuesday, the high court voted 9-4 to uphold the constitutionality of extending martial rule in Mindanao until the end of 2019.

Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno said Supreme Court's affirmation of the martial law declaration in Mindanao was also“ridiculous,” noting that the Constitutional requirements for martial rule did not exist.

“Klarong-klaro naman na pwede mag-deklara or mag-extend kung may invasion or rebellion at wala namang nangyayaring invasion ngayon at rebellion,” Diokno said. 

Former military officer and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said there was no need for martial law because the Marawi siege has long been over.

“We can conduct military and intelligence operations without resorting to martial law, bilang dating sundalo at na-assign sa Mindanao, hindi natin kailangan ng martial law, it has been normalized already,” Alejano said. 

Former Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc was also fearful that martial rule in Mindanao will affect the 2019 midterm elections.

“It is a tragic decision for me as an organic member of the Bangsamoro population,” Gutoc said.