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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Editorial: Constitutional

THE Supreme Court (SC) voted in favor of Martial Law in Mindanao, 11-1-3 where 11 voted to dismiss the petitions against Martial Law in Mindanao, one voted to grant the petition and stop Martial Law, while three voted to partially grant the petition, agreeing only for a Martial Law in Marawi, Iligan and surrounding areas.

The decision was made with regards three petitions filed at the SC challenging Proclamation 216 that declared Martial Law in Mindanao is unconstitutional and that there is no basis to declare Martial Law.

That said, it's time to work within the framework of Martial Law and ensure that this Martial Law is indeed a new kind where abuses are reduced to the very minimum (admit it, there will always be a rotten tomato in whatever sector). It's time to set aside that rabid desire to put the Duterte Administration down just because he managed to pull the rug from under the feet of the oligarchs. It's time for Filipinos to understand that terrorism is no joke and has to be addressed as this government has addressed it: to stop it on its tracks.

We have to admit that the continued denial of the threat in years past has allowed these terrorists to grow under our very noses. Used to having all the drama and pogi-point scenarios that the past administration was very fond of, we brushed off the threat like we were conditioned to do. Until we see civilians being killed, just because they are Christians. Throw in the number of Abu Sayyaf hostages who have been decapitated with their heads even shown on video just to sow terror, we should by now know that there is no taking with terrorists who see the world differently.

We're just glad that the constitutionality of the proclamation has already been settled. Now, let's do everything that we can to put this crisis to a close -- as civilians helping the evacuees and the soldiers, as businesses contributing to the rehabilitation of Marawi as soon as it has been cleared of these terrorists, as people who will abide by the security measures required in an island under Martial Law.

Let's not pick on the Justices as well, they've done their job and did it well -- dissenters and yes voters, alike. That's how the justice system works, there will be dissenters there will be those who may not agree fully. That is why there's a need to vote and let the majority's voice be the decision for all.

The Supreme Court has ruled, the President's proclamation was proper and appropriate for the crisis we are facing. The ruling's out, let's get back on track.
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