By Jeffrey Damicog
Should anyone dare question before the Supreme Court (SC) the one-year extension given to the imposition of martial law over Mindanao, Solicitor General Jose Calida believes they need all the luck they can get.
“The extension of martial law in the whole of Mindanao, having been approved overwhelmingly by Congress, underscores the factual basis of the on-going rebellion,” he explained on his Twitter account.
“To those who intend to challenge the extension of martial law before the Supreme Court, I wish you luck. You’ll need it,” said Calida who previously expressed support to extend the duration of martial law over Mindanao.
Calida made the statement after Congress, in a joint session, approved on Wednesday President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend the martial law and suspend the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
A total of 240 Congress members voted in favor of the martial law extension against the 27 who rejected it.
The Senate voted 14-4, while, the House of Representatives voted 226-23 to approve martial law extension.
Before Congress acted on the request, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea justified why President Duterte is seeking to extend martial law in Mindanao.
“Despite the liberation of Marawi City, and the eerie silence in the main battlefield, a state of actual rebellion subsists in Mindanao, perpetrated not only by remnants of the Daesh-inspired DIWM (Da’watulIslamiyahWaliyatulMasriq), but also by other local and foreign terrorist groups, including the New People’s Army, and ready to explode anew at any given time,” Medialdea said.
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