OSG urges SC to junk plea vs ML

The Court cited Section 15 limits indigenous peoples' "right to use their own commonly accepted justice systems, conflict resolution institutions, peace building processes or mechanisms and other customary laws and practices.

The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed by opposition lawmakers against the third extension of martial law in Mindanao for lack of merit.

In a 50-page comment signed by Solicitor General Jose Calida, it argued the petition questioning the third extension of martial law suffers from procedural infirmity for failure to implead both houses of the Congress which issued Resolution No. 6.

The OSG said that rebellion still persists in the region and that public safety requires the martial law extension because of continued hostile activities allegedly perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, the Daulah Islamiyah, and even communist rebels.

“The ongoing scourge by the communist rebels, the ASG and the presence of remnants of the Daesh continue to pose a clear and present danger to national security and hinder the attainment of lasting peace, stability, economic development, and prosperity in Mindanao,” the OSG said.