On the SC 14-1 decision favoring martial law in Mindanao

Bayan protest at the Supreme Court demanding lifting of the martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Kathy Yamzon.Bayan protest at the Supreme Court demanding lifting of the martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Kathy Yamzon.

On the SC 14-1 decision favoring martial law in Mindanao

Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao condemned the Supreme Court decision upholding martial law in Mindanao and said that the high court failed to heed the people’s call for justice throught its lifting, as it only resulted death and destruction in Marawi City.

Anakpawis believed that the martial law in Mindanao is contrary to a democratic rule, as well as respect to the right to self-determination of the Moro people, rights to land of farmers and basic rights of the people against state fascist abuses such as extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests and searches, aerial bombings of farmer communities and other transgressions.

The Supreme Court, who is duty-bound to uphold justice, instead legalized martial law, therefore, approved of the miserable state of hundreds of thousands of evacuees due to aerial bombings and massive military actions.

Supposed to defend the Bill of Rights, particular the right to life, liberty, or property, freedom of speech and expression, self-organization and peaceful assembly, redress and grievances, the SC decision will encourage more harassments by the military such as the case of four activists, including the Anakpawis Regional Coordinator for Davao Pedro Arnado, illegally arrested at a military checkpoint in Davao City last week; and the arrest and trumped up charges against four farmers in Compostela.

The decision is a dangerous precedent, as this would favor a false flag operation that could be launched in a single municipality or city, aiming for a martial law proclamation for the whole major island of the Visayas or Luzon, consequently, nationwide.

The Supreme Court exposed itself as part of undermining democracy and proved that the legal system is tolerant of the agony and distress of the people victimized by the proclamation. ###

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