Palace praises SC decision on martial law, calls on public to support gov’t

  • Presidential spokesperson hailed SC’s ruling in favor of martial law
  • He said gov’t galvanized with decision to end threat against ‘common enemy’
  • He also called on public to support gov’t and authorities

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang Palace has hailed the Supreme Court decision favoring President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation of martial law over Mindanao; saying it was a validation of his commitment to resolve the situation in Marawi City.

“The High Court has spoken: Proclamation 216 is constitutional. The President is sworn to protect the Filipino people. He will not waver in this commitment to end rebellion, the evil of terrorism and to liberate Marawi,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

“With the Supreme Court decision, the whole government now stands together as one against a common enemy,” he added.

Abella also urged the public to fully support the government; saying the task of securing communities is a collective responsibility.

“We ask the public to give their full support and cooperation to local authorities.  After all, securing communities is a responsibility that must be shared by everyone,” he said.

Ruling 14-1, the Supreme Court found sufficient factual basis for Duterte’s proclamation of martial law.

Of the 14 justices, 11 voted in favor of Proclamation 216 in its totality while three voted to limit martial law to the immediate conflict zones only.

Earlier, PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” said he and AFP chief of staff Eduardo Año may recommend the extension of martial law for another 60 days to Duterte to allow the speedy rehabilitation of Marawi City.

“We are inclined to recommend to the President if possible, the way things are going there (Marawi City) the situation has not totally stabilized, an extension so the rehabilitation phase would be covered,” he said. “So it would be safe for those involved in the rehabilitation (efforts), martial law should be extended. It is so the result of the reconstruction, rebuilding of Marawi would come out well.”