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Supreme Court orders govt executives to justify Martial Law extension

A Philippine flag is seen at destroyed houses in Bangolo town at Marawi city, southern Philippines October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

The Supreme Court is asking the Executive branch of the government to explain their decision to extend the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao.

The Highest Court found the petition of Opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman “sufficient in form and substance.”

In its two-page decision, the Supreme Court is giving the office of Solicitor-General Jose Calida the chance to comment on the Temporary Restraining Order being asked against the extension of Martial Law.

Respondents in the said petition include Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea, Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana, Budget Sec. Banjamin Diokno, and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

The Petitioners meanwhile include Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, Ifuguao Rep. Teddy baguilat Jr., Capiz Rep. Emmanuel Billones, Madgalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano and Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tomasito Villarin.

Prior to this, the group of Lagman insists that there is no actual rebellion in Mindanao therefore there is no need to extend Martial Law for another year.

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