Duterte hints at extending martial law in Mindanao

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gives a speech during Eid al-Fitr celebrations at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on June 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s overwhelming vote to uphold the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and hinted that martial law could be extended beyond the 60-day limit under the Constitution, according to a report in The Manila Times Online on Wednesday.

“Martial law will stay until the last terrorist is dead,” the president told reporters in Bulacan.  He noted that the terrorism situation in Marawi reached a critical level.

Eleven justices sided with Duterte, three agreed with martial law within a limited area, and only one dissented during the full session of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

A protester speaks during a rally in front of the Supreme Court in Manila on July 4, 2017.
The Philippines’ Supreme Court on July 4 endorsed President Rodrigo Duterte’s enforcement of martial law across the southern third of the country, which he said was necessary to defeat Islamic State group-backed militants. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

In upholding the constitutionality of the declaration of the martial law, the Supreme Court dismissed all three petitions that questioned the declaration.

All justices wrote separate concurring or dissenting opinions, to be submitted today (Wednesday).

In a statement, palace spokesman Ernesto Abella welcomed the ruling and said Duterte would not waver in his commitment to liberate Marawi City and end the terrorism.

He asked the public for full support and cooperation with the government to flush the terrorists out of Marawi.

Source : http://www.manilatimes.net/sc-upholds-martial-law/336572/