Martial Law 2017 - updates

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Calida: Nothing can stop Duterte, Congress from further extending martial law

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:09 PM

‘The issue is a political question that judicial review cannot delve into,’ says Solicitor General Jose Calida

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SC orders government to answer petition vs martial law

Dec 29, 2017 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) The court en banc declares the petition sufficient in form and substance

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

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Malacañang: ’Perpetual’ martial law will never happen

Dec 28, 2017 - 3:48 PM

'Martial law in perpetuity is a scenario that neither the President, Congress or the Supreme Court will allow as it is patently unconstitutional,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

Supreme Court affirms martial law in Mindanao

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Newly-appointed Associate Justices Andres Reyes Jr and Alexander Gesmundo join the majority and vote to affirm the decision

No more extension of martial law in Mindanao – minority senators

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will decide on whether or not to seek another extension of martial law in Mindanao in the next two weeks, says his spokesperson

Duterte: Military can bomb Marawi mosques with terrorists, hostages

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:35 PM

After earlier asking the military to wait it out President Rodrigo Duterte now says they have the option to bomb the remaining hideouts of terrorists even if these also hold hostages

Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

Duterte returns to Marawi as clashes enter 4th month

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte makes his 3rd visit to Marawi City after troops regained a key terrorist stronghold – one of the mosques inside the battle zone

Accompanying the President are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. Malacañan Photo

Bus passengers carrying firearms arrested at Davao City checkpoint

Aug 21, 2017 - 7:45 PM

They are intercepted at a checkpoint in Barangay Lasang Bunawan District – one of several checkpoints set up in Mindanao following the declaration of martial law

De Lima asks DFA to invite UN expert to probe Marawi humanitarian crisis

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The opposition senator says the government has the duty to pursue an impartial investigation by an independent commission

An elderly Maranao woman is flanked by her grandchildren in Al-Qayriya Madrasa, an evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. 60 days after the Marawi siege started, the Internally Displaced are still not sure if they have a home to return to. Government forces are still fighting the IS-linked Maute group in Marawi city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH military chief Año visits Marawi's main battle zone

Aug 02, 2017 - 6:25 PM

UPDATED General Eduardo Año visits troops stationed only 300 meters away from the most forward position of the military in the conflict hit area

MAIN BATTLE AREA. AFP chief General Eduardo Año visits the main battle area in Marawi City. All photos from JTF Marawi

Gov't to build 1,000 temporary homes for Marawi evacuees

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:01 PM

UPDATED Housing chief Eduardo del Rosario says the primary objective is to decongest evacuation centers

SC: Congress shall convene on martial law only to revoke, extend

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay the petitioners counsel calls the ruling a strange and unfortunate result

Robredo wants gov’t attention on martial law abuse claims

Jul 23, 2017 - 11:39 AM

With the 5 month extension of martial law in Mindanao safeguards should be put in place to deter human rights violations says Vice President Leni Robredo

VISIT. Bangsamoro women visits Vice President Leni Robredo to raise their concerns on the crisis in Marawi City. Photo by Office of the Vice President

Duterte to make warrantless arrests even without martial law

Jul 21, 2017 - 8:53 PM

The President also says the idea of extending martial law until December came from security officials not him

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in an interview on the sidelines of his visit to the 403rd Infantry Brigade Headquarters at Camp Bahian in Barangay Impalambong, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on July 6, 2017, urges the New People's Army to stop their extortion activities. File photo by Malacanang

SC gave Duterte too much leeway, Lagman tells justices

Jul 21, 2017 - 12:17 PM

UPDATED In his motion for reconsideration Representative Lagman says the martial law ruling emasculated the Court s jurisdiction to review the factual basis of a martial law proclamation

MARTIAL LAW APPEAL. Petitioners Representative Edcel Lagman with Neri Colmenares and Magdalo partylist Gary Alejano attend the 1st oral argument on the petition to lift martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court in Manila on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo on martial law extension: Let's listen to the recommendations

Jul 19, 2017 - 5:02 PM

The Vice President hopes Congress will thoroughly discuss the extension of martial law in Mindanao

ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo was given full military honors during the Philippine Air Force (PAF) 70th Founding Anniversary last July 4, 2017 at the Air Force City, Clark Air Base in Pampanga. Photo by Office of the Vice President.

P30 million allocated for emergency jobs for Marawi victims

Jul 19, 2017 - 4:16 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment provides work for those displaced by the Marawi conflict For 30 days they will receive a daily minimum wage of P300

DISPLACED. Internally displaced persons in an evacuation center in Lanao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

AFP chief: 5-month martial law extension 'enough'

Jul 18, 2017 - 5:41 PM

General Eduardo Año supports President Rodrigo Duterte s recommendation for a 5 month extension of martial law


Opposition lawmakers hit Duterte's 'whimsical' martial law request

Jul 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress will probably grant the President s request to extend martial law citing a survey that says majority of Filipinos support the original proclamation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauds the men and women of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) who have continued to serve the country in his speech during the PAF's 70th Anniversary celebration at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on July 4, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

SC approves Aguirre's request to transfer Maute cases to Taguig

Jul 18, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Petitioners meanwhile urge the Supreme Court to still decide on petitions asking that Congress convene to discuss the merits of Duterte s martial law proclamation

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Duterte wants martial law extended till December

Jul 18, 2017 - 12:24 PM

UPDATED The President wants martial law over the entire Mindanao extended for 5 more months

Duterte asks lawmakers for 60-day martial law extension

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED The President also asks the Senate and the House to hold a special session to tackle his request This session will be on Saturday July 22

DUTERTE ALLIES. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III (left) and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (right) look at President Rodrigo Duterte during a press conference on March 13. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Lawmakers to OK martial law extension if Duterte asks – House leaders

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Deputy Speakers Fredenil Castro and Gwen Garcia make the statement ahead of the meeting of administration allied legislators with the President on Monday evening July 17

DUTERTE ALLIES. Representatives Dakila Cua, Gwen Garcia, and Fredenil Castro hold a press conference on July 17. Photo from the House of Representatives

PNP asks Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao

Jul 17, 2017 - 11:15 AM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says the police want an extension of martial law because they ve yet to capture all alleged narco politicians with ties to the Maute Group

Lorenzana submits martial law recommendation to Duterte

Jul 16, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declines to disclose his recommendation so as not to preempt President Rodrigo Duterte

MARTIAL LAW. Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana says he has submitted his martial law recommendation to the Office of the President. Rappler file photo

Hilbay urges SC to resolve petition to convene Congress on martial law

Jul 14, 2017 - 11:54 AM

The Court can still decide regardless of the expiration of the 60 day period but the best time to decide is now says former solicitor general Florin Hilbay

CONGRESS CONVENE. Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay, lawyer Barry Gutierrez and former Human Rights Chair Etta Rosales urge the Supreme Court to immediately resolve their petition seeking to make the Congress convene on martial law. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PNP, AFP mull reducing scope of martial law

Jul 13, 2017 - 2:31 PM

The AFP and PNP are set to submit their position paper asking for an extension of martial law

MARAWI SEIGE. Philippine Marines pass through Barangay Saduc, Marawi City on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Troops retrieve remains of civilians allegedly executed in Marawi

Jul 13, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The discovery of the remains puts the total number of slain civilians at 45 as of Thursday July 13

EXECUTED. The military retrieves skeletal remains of civilians believed to be executed by homegrown terrorists groups in Marawi. Photo from the military

Majority back Mindanao martial law, but reject expansion – SWS poll

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:45 PM

UPDATED While 57 of Filipinos support martial law in Mindanao majority also oppose expanding the declaration to the Visayas and Luzon

DUTERTE. A new survey says most Filipinos support the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, but not its nationwide expansion. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Removal of local execs' power over cops 'in support of martial law'

Jul 11, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa says the Napolcom resolution is meant to give the martial law administrator a free hand in deploying police units in Mindanao

POLICE IN MINDANAO. Cops hold their positions inside a green zone, a few blocks away from the war frontlines in Marawi City on Thursday, June 22, 2017. File by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi death toll tops 500

Jul 10, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The AFP says 379 terrorists 89 soldiers and policemen and 39 civilians have been killed as of Sunday July 9 bringing the death toll to 507

CLASHES CONTINUE. An army soldiers checks on his fellow soldiers over radio as he holds his post inside Marawi City on Thursday, June 22, 2017. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lawmakers slam Alvarez's proposal to extend martial law to 2022

Jul 10, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says any extension shall be upon the initiative of the President

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW. Representatives Antonio Tinio, Edcel Lagman, and Carlos Zarate all filed petitions against the Mindanao martial law, but they were thumbed down by the SC. File photos by Rappler

Military says 5-year martial law extension ‘too long’

Jul 10, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez may have had other information for suggesting martial law remain in place until 2022 says AFP spokesman Restituto Padilla

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig.General Restituto Padilla dispel rumors that Maute terror group can launch attacks in other cities like Iligan and Cagayan de Oro during the Mindanao Hour at the New Executive Building, Malacañang on June 16, 2017. General Padilla added that the Maute group no longer have the numbers to sow terror. JAY LOZANO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS DIVISION

Top defense officials briefed, assess battle in Marawi

Jul 09, 2017 - 7:40 PM

The officials and ground commanders assess enemy strengths and weaknesses and how the military can adjust to these observations

TACTICAL OPERATIONS BRIEFING. AFP chief General Eduardo Año (center) visits Marawi alongside other top defense officials to discuss the situation with ground commanders. Photo courtesy of PAO AFP

Alvarez wants martial law in Mindanao until 2022

Jul 09, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Five months or one year or two years is too short according to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

DUTERTE ALLY. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez thinks martial law in Mindanao should last until 2022. Rappler file photo

Martial law narrative out of context, far-fetched – Leonen

Jul 09, 2017 - 4:00 PM

There is no rebellion that justifies martial law There is terrorism that requires more thoughtful action says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

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FACT CHECK: Errors in papers revoking execs' power over cops

Jul 08, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Dead mayors former officials and even losing 2016 bets are among the erroneous entries in two Napolcom resolutions

Air strikes target high-rise snipers in Marawi

Jul 08, 2017 - 6:23 PM

Snipers in high rise buildings are the main problem facing Philippine forces battling to crush pro Islamic State fighters in Marawi

Soldiers walk past Islamic State (IS) group graffiti in Marawi on on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Opposition lawmakers to contest SC martial law ruling

Jul 06, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says they will expose serious errors in the majority decision of the Supreme Court when they file a motion for reconsideration

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW. Representatives Gary Alejano, Teddy Baguilat Jr, Edcel Lagman, Tom Villarin, and Emmanuel Billones will file a motion for reconsideration against the SC's martial law ruling. File photo by Rappler

SC retains right to review martial law proclamations

Jul 06, 2017 - 5:12 PM

That s the best part of the decision The Court made it clear that it had the power to review the President s decision says a legal expert of the SC ruling on the petitions against martial law in Mindanao

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura Street in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DILG mulls returning to Mindanao officials power over cops

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:52 PM

The DILG s acting chief says they are reviewing and correcting the pronouncements made during a June 8 resolution

NAPOLCOM REVIEW. DILG OIC Catalino Cuy says they're reviewing a list of Mindanao local chief executives whom they've revoked Napolcom deputation form. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Sereno, Carpio opinions: Watch Duterte's martial law closely

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says President Rodrigo Duterte must not be allowed to broaden the use of martial law to solve other social ills

RULING ON MARTIAL LAW. PETITIONS Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (right) and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio partially grant the petitions against the martial law declaration in Mindanao.

Drilon hits Panelo: Only Congress can extend martial law

Jul 06, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Huwag naman sana nating lokohin ang taumbayan Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon tells Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo who said Duterte can just declare martial law again if Proclamation No 216 is not extended

UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo's advise for a another declaration of martial law is 'unconstitutional.'

SC ruling: Duterte can put 'entire PH' under martial law

Jul 06, 2017 - 9:55 AM

UPDATED But the Supreme Court states that the Constitution has provided sufficient safeguards against possible abuses of the Commander in Chief s powers

EXPAND MARTIAL LAW? Supreme Court says President Rodrigo Duterte has the prerogative to put the entire Philippines under martial law.

Leonen: Lone dissenter in SC martial law ruling

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED We should have the courage to never again clothe authoritarianism in any disguise with the mantle of constitutionality Leonen says in his dissenting opinion

File photo of Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

AFP engineers to help rebuild Marawi

Jul 05, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The 52nd and 54th Army Engineer Brigades will be the core units to be deployed once reconstruction efforts can begin in the city