Petitioners to appeal SC ruling on martial law, says Saguisag


Posted at Jul 05 2017 08:33 PM | Updated as of Jul 05 2017 11:24 PM

Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te answers questions, after the high court dismissed petitions questioning the legality of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, Tuesday. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

MANILA - Former Senator Rene Saguisag on Wednesday said he and his fellow petitioners will file a motion for reconsideration in connection with the Supreme Court ruling that upheld President Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Eleven justices on Tuesday voted to uphold Duterte's Proclamation 216 amid the ongoing battle between state troops and terror groups in Marawi.     

Three other magistrates voted to limit the declaration to Marawi City, the conflict zone.

A lone justice, meanwhile, voted to nullify the proclamation altogether.

Saguisag said they will question the ruling once the SC releases the decisions of the justices.

The former senator added that he was not surprised by the decision, which was reported ahead by a newspaper citing an SC source.

Saguisag, however, claimed that even without military rule, Filipinos are already facing harsh realities like the anti-narcotics campaign that has resulted in over 3,000 drug suspects killed in presumed-legitimate police operations.

The Duterte administration, he said, should listen to dissenting opinion on martial law.

The 60-day martial rule in Mindanao is now on its 44th day, as state offensives continued against the militants.

Authorities estimate that around 100 to 120 fighters, some of them as young as 16, remain holed up in Marawi's commercial district, down from around 500 at the beginning of the siege.

The battle for Maraw has left dead 337 terrorists, 85 government troops and 39 civilians, as of Tuesday. -- With Reuters; Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News