- Lacson welcomed favorable Supreme Court ruling on martial law
- He took swipe at Trillanes, is hoping colleague won’t accuse magistrates of kowtowing to admin
- President’s allies in Senate also welcomed SC decision
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court upholding the validity of President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation of martial law over Mindanao while also taking a dig at colleague Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.
“I can only hope that none of our Senate colleagues will call the magistrates cowards and lapdogs of the administration,” he told GMA News; in apparent reference to Trillanes’ earlier remark deriding the Senate as puppets of Duterte.
Other senators allied or associated with the president also welcomed the decision.
“This only goes to show that we have a very strong majority, and the factual basis for the declaration of Martial Law is sustained,” Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon said. “Now that the President has the support of the Court and Congress, he should use that support, not to be over confident, but certainly because we believe that there is situation occurring in the country that must be solved.”
Sen. Miguel Zubiri agreed; saying the decision will help galvanize the security forces’ effort now that there is nothing more holding them back from carrying out their mandate.
“I’m relieved that the Supreme Court upheld the declaration of martial law in Mindanao so that the government security forces can continue their pursuit and clearing operations against the terrorists with out a cloud of doubt on their mandate to do so,” he said.
For his part, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said he had been expecting the decision.
“I had no doubts that the President validly, with factual basis, declared martial law. Nothing surprising with the SC decision. I actually expected that,” he said.