First District Rep. Celso Lobregat on Thursday expressed support to the decision of the Supreme Court affirming President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law here in Mindanao.
Lobregat said he is happy to note that majority of the high court justices voted in favor the imposition of martial law.
“If the Supreme Court decided negatively, I think we will have a problem.” Lobregat said without further elaboration.
He also believed the imposition of martial law and the subsequent support of the Supreme Court will be beneficial not only to Mindanao but to the entire country.
Eleven Supreme Court Justices voted on Tuesday to junk the three consolidated petitions, three others voted to partially uphold the proclamation within a limited area of coverage, while only one was in favor to grant the petition to lift martial law for lack of factual basis.
At least eight votes were needed to nullify the declaration of martial law here in Mindanao.
On May 23, President Duterte has placed Mindanao under martial law for 60 days as firefight erupted between the government forces and the Maute group in Marawi City.
Firefight erupted as the Maute group members went berserk and occupied several establishments when the troops raided the hideout of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon.
The Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-inspired Maute group is providing safe haven to Hapilon, who pledged allegiance to the ISIS.
Meanwhile, Lobregat said Congress will convene for a joint session once President Duterte will ask for the extension of imposition of martial law. (RGAAG/PNA)