Supreme Court declares final its ruling upholding martial law in Mindanao

By Rey G. Panaligan

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday declared final its July 4 ruling on the constitutionality of President Duterte’s imposition of martial law and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.

During its full-court session, 10 justices voted to dismiss the motions for reconsideration filed by the petitioners who had challenged the President’s Proclamation No. 216 that was issued in response to the attacks by the Maute Group in Marawi City last May 23.

Dismissed were the motions filed by Rep. Edcel Lagman, local Mindanao leaders led by Lumad leader Eufemia Campos Cullamat, and a group of women from Marawi led by Norkaya Mohamad.

Those who voted to dismiss the motions were Justices Presbitero J. Velasco Jr. Teresita J. Leonardo de Castro, Diosdado M. Peralta, Lucas P. Bersamin, Mariano C. del Castillo, Estela M. Perlas Bernabe, Samuel Martires, Noel J. Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr., and Alexander Gesmundo.

Justice Francis H. Jardeleza who had earlier voted on the legality of the martial declaration was on leave and did not indicate his vote.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno, Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa voted to partially grant the motions as they maintained their position that martial law should be limited only to certain areas in Mindanao.

Justice Marvic Mario Victor Leonen was the only magistrate who voted to grant the motions.

With the dismissal of the petitions, the SC reiterated its ruling that the President has the power to determine the scope of territorial application of martial law.

Earlier, the SC had unanimously voted to dismiss two petitions that wanted to compel Congress to convene in a joint session to tackle the validity of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

The SC dismissed the petitions “on the ground that Congress did not gravely abuse its discretion in not convening jointly upon the President’s issuance of Proclamation No. 216.”

It ruled that Section 18, Article VII, of the Constitution “imposes no such duty on Congress to convene, such duty (to convene and vote) being limited to instances where Congress intends to revoke or extend any proclamation of martial law or suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.”

Congress had voted unanimously to extend the imposition of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao until the end of this year.

The Constitution empowers the President to declare martial law and suspend the writ of habeas corpus “in cases of invasion, rebellion or when public safety requires it.”

It mandates the SC “to review, in an appropriate proceeding filed by any citizen, the sufficiency of the factual basis of the proclamation of martial law or the suspension of the privilege of the writ or the extension thereof, and must promulgate its decision thereon within thirty days from its filing.”

It also provides that “Congress, voting jointly, by a vote of at least a majority of all its members in regular or special session, may revoke such proclamation or suspension, which revocation shall not be set aside by the President. Upon the initiative of the President, the Congress may, in the same manner, extend such proclamation or suspension for a period to be determined by the Congress, if the invasion or rebellion shall persist and public safety requires it.”

Supreme Court declares final its ruling upholding martial law in Mindanao

DRC 2017

AFP Reserved Command, Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) conducted Search and Rescue Operation during the exercise proper of the Disaster Responder’s Challenge 2017.

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Disaster Responder’s Challenge 2017

The opening ceremony during the Disaster Responder’s Challenge 2017 (DRC 2017) headed by Brigadier General Jesus A Manangquil Jr AFP, Commander of the Joint Task Force – National Capital Region (JTF – NCR) and the Guest of Honor and Speaker, Chairman Danilo Dela Puz Lim of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). Held at JTF – NCR Ground and Old Logcom Building, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City happening today until tomorrow (4-5 December 2017).

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FEATI University Campus Donations

The 7th Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines facilitated the hauling of One Hundred (100) pairs of assorted sizes of rubber shoes for children and used clothing. The said items will be donated to Marawi victims. This was donated by FEATI University Campus faculties and staff at FEATI University, C Palanca St. Cor. Helos St. Quiapo, Manila on 02 December 2017.

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Certificate of Appreciation from Pharmaceutical Health Care Association

Lieutenant General Reynaldo B Mapagu AFP (Ret) and the Group Commander of 7th Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP, Colonel Jose Victor L Vargas Jr PAF (GSC) through Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from Pharmaceutical Health Care Association of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. for their generosity in giving donations for our soldiers who are continuously fighting for the liberation of Marawi City. As well as for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the evacuation centers in various part of Mindanao. Given at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City on 29 November 2017.

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Feeding Program

The 7th Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP, participated in the conduct of Feeding Program and Gift Giving activities in partnership with the Rotary Club of Camp Aguinaldo at Luneta Park, Metro Manila on 30 November 2017. The beneficiaries of the said activities are the street children in the area.

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154th Birth Anniversary of Gat. Andres Bonifacio

Celebrating the 154th Bonifacio Day of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, with General Rey Leonardo Guerrero (AFP) Chief of Staff and other government officials, held at Bonifacio National Monument, Caloocan City, Museo ng Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio, Maragondon, Cavite, Bonifacio Shrine, Manila City Hall, Manila Bonifacio Monument, Balintawak, Quezon City, Bonifacio Monument, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Bonifacio Birth Site Monument, Tutuban Center Manila.

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CPP FOUNDER HAS BEEN IN THE NETHERLANDS FOR 30 YEARS NOW

By Bobi Tiglao

I cannot fathom why people, especially communists and media still listen to Joma Sison. He was in prison 9 years (captured 1977 by Marcos and released by Cory in 1986).

He has been in the Netherlands since 1987, or for thirty long years, or for most of his adult working life.

That means for 39 years he was either secluded in prison or enjoying a Dutch lifestyle.

How long siya nakikibaka with his comrades in Pinas?
Counting from 1968, when he founded the CPP, to his arrest in 1977, that’s just NINE years. And most of this time — from the declaration of martial law to his arrest — he was living very comfortably in safe-houses in Metro Manila, not even in provincial cities.

Contrast that to my old comrades ex-party chairman Benny Tiamzon and his wife Wilma Austria who spent 43 years in the urban underground (when they were members of the Manila Rizal Party committee) and then in the jungles as guerrillas until capture in 2014.

So this revolutionary leader — that’s what he calls himself — spent three-fourths of his “revolutionary” days not in the trenches of the Revolution.

And he has the gall to talk about undertaking Revolution in the Philippines?

And the foreign- and oligarch-financed Rappler published his long rant against the Republic’s President? Amazing.

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