Oral arguments on ML extension set
MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) will conduct oral arguments on January 16 and 17 on the two petitions seeking to annul the yearlong extension of martial law in Mindanao.
The SC en banc has also directed the consolidation of the two petitions filed respectively by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and the lawmakers belonging to the so-called Magnificent 7 and the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) together with lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc.
The two groups, in their respective petitions,
want the SC to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the imposition of martial law, citing the absence of actual rebellion in Mindanao.
They also stated in their petition that the 1987 Constitution does not allow another extension to the original declaration of martial law.
Last June 2017, the SC also tackled in oral arguments the petitions filed against the May 23 martial law proclamation of President Rodrigo Duterte.