By: Elena Grace Flores
Solicitor General Jose Calida files his comment on the petition recently. He insists that rebellion still exists. “The issue of whether such rebellion persists must have the verification of the executive department. Then, the approval by the legislative department must follow. These are the two of the three co-equal branches of the government. The Supreme Court en banc sets the oral arguments of the petition against martial law extension on January 22 and 23. z
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Martial Law Extension Resistance
Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice previously says that martial law extension reflects on the military’s performance and that this is not necessary for Mindanao. The Magnificent 7 lawmakers led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman earlier files the first petition. On top of that, another group of opposition lawmakers challenges the factual basis of President Rodrigo Du30’s third extension of martial law before the Supreme Court.
The Opposition Group’s Arguments
The lawmakers argue that the government fails to prove that this specific public safety requirement exists.” They said that Du30 requests for its extension with general terms instead of factual arguments. The President allegedly did not submit a more detailed report to support his administration’s statement of continuing rebellion in Mindanao. The members of Congress did not receive such document. They believe that the rebellious incidents do not endanger public safety. This a ground to impose martial law under the Constitution, they added.
The Anti-Martial Law Lawmakers
The Makabayan bloc is composed of House Representatives Carlos Isagani Zarate of Bayan Muna, Emmi De Jesus and Arlene Brosas of Gabriela, Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis, Antonio Tinio and France Castro of ACT Teachers and Sarah Jane Elago of Kabataan party list.
Defending the Country’s Sovereignty through the Supreme Court
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana assures the public that the military “will continue to uphold its mandate of defending the sovereignty of our state. Then, to retain the integrity of the country’s territory and protect the democratic way of life of our people. This with full respect for human rights, international humanitarian law and the primacy of the rule of law, of course.”
The Able Respondents
Named as respondents are President Rodrigo Du30, Congress of the Philippines represented by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr., and Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde.