SC: Business as usual in courts amid Mindanao martial law


Posted at May 24 2017 10:52 AM

MANILA - All courts will remain open even after President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao due to a terrorist attack, the Supreme Court announced Wednesday.

"In view of the President's declaration of Martial Law for 60 days over the entire Island of Mindanao, the Chief Justice directs all courts in Mindanao to remain open and all judges to remain in station, as far as their circumstances may allow," the high court said in an advisory.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno also required all judges to report their status to the Office of the Court Administrator through their respective executive judges, the SC said.

Duterte placed the entire Mindanao island under martial law after Islamic State-linked extremists torched several buildings, abducted civilians and battled state forces in Marawi City on Tuesday.

Under the Constitution, martial law allows warrantless arrests and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in cases of invasion or rebellion when the public safety requires it.