A third petition against the Martial Law extension in Mindanao has been filed in the Supreme Court.
The third petition was filed by former Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Etta Rosales through her lawyer, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.
Among the respondents of the petition are President Rodrigo Duterte, Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea, Martial Law Administrator Sec. Delfin Lorenzana, Martial Law Implementer Gen. Rey Guerrero, Philippine National Police PDG Ronald Dela Rosa, Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Rosales insisted that possible threats of rebellion cannot be used as a reason to declare Martial Law.
Hibalay meanwhile stated that there is no enough evidence to continue with the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao since there is no actual invasion or rebellion.
The letter of President Rodrigo Duterte dated December 8, 2017 allegedly did not identify any grounds in order to say that there was actual rebellion and Martial Law is needed.
The petitioner insisted that the declaration of Martial law should not be used in order to replace normal and strengthened police operations, and the military’s gathering of intelligence information.