By Jeffrey Damicog
The Supreme Court (SC) has been asked to reverse its majority decision supporting the President Duterte’s Proclamation 216 which declared martial law over Mindanao.
The call was made in a motion for reconsideration filed Friday by the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) who represented a group of petitioners composed of militant leaders, namely: Lumad leader Efemia Cullamat; peasant leader Virgilio Lincuna; Grabriela women’s rights group leader Ateliana; union leader Roy Jim Balanghing; and trade union leaders Roland Cobrado and Carl Anthony Olalo.
“With all due respect, the assailed Decision of the Honorable Court sets a dangerous precedent in these critical times,” read the motion for reconsideration as it insisted there remains no factual basis to declare martial law over Mindanao.
“While we are always implored to remain calm during a storm, we cannot remain still in the dying of the light. Otherwise, we remain tied to the injustices that our forebears fought and died for,” NUPL stated.
Last July 4, 11 of 15 SC justices voted to dismiss three petitions including the one filed by the militant leaders which sought the nullification of Proclamation 216.
In its motion for reconsideration, the NUPL explained the framers of the 1987 Constitution placed safeguards to “precisely preempt a repeat of the baseless imposition of martial law in 1972” under Proclamation 1081 of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
“More importantly, lessons learned from our experience under Proclamation 1081, martial law did not really solve the rebellion and the issues that fueled it,” NUPL reminded
“On the contrary, it further fanned the flames of revolt,” it stressed.
Aside from the militant leaders, two other groups of petitioners also filed Friday their respective motion for reconsideration over the SC decision.
The groups included the Congress minority bloc led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and a group of Marawi women.
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