Oral ar­gu­ments on ML ex­ten­sion set

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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.

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