Supreme Court to rule on martial law in Mindanao on July 4

The Supreme Court of the Philippines will vote on July 4 on petitions seeking to revoke President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, according to a report in The Manila Times Online on Tuesday.

The vote will come ahead of the 30-day period within which the Supreme Court must decide on the petitions against the martial law scheduled on July 5 as well as the end of the maximum 60-day duration of the martial law under the Constitution.

Justice Mariano del Castilo was tasked to make a thorough review and draft the decision on the case.

The first petition against the martial law was lodged by representatives from the opposition led by Edcel Lagman Tomasito Villarin, Gary Alejano, Emmanuel Billones and Teodoro Baguilat Jr.

They argue that, contrary to the government’s claim, there was no invasion or rebellion endangering public safety that could justify Duterte’s Proclaimation 216, which also suspended the privilege of writ of habeas corpus and allowed arrests without warrants.

Another petition was filed by activists and militant lawmakers, led by ACT Teachers’ Party-list, Gabriela Women’s party-list and Kabataan party-list and four female Marawi City residents.