Friday, July 7, 2017

Leonen: “No rebellion to justify Martial Law” enemies in Mindanao are terrorists, they’re not rebels

File Photo of SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen (ctto)

Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said that enemies in Mindanao are not rebels thus, declaration of Martial Law is unnecessary. 

Leonen is the lone dissenter of the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold President Rodrigo Duterte’s action to impose Martial Law in Mindanao. 

"With due respect to my colleagues, I cannot join them in their acceptance of the President's categorization of the events in Marawi as equivalent to the rebellion mentioned in article VII section 18," Leonen’s expressed his opinion as also released by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. 

"In conscience I do not see the situation as providing for the kind of necessity for the imposition of Martial Law in Marawi as well as throughout the entire Philippines," he added.

He reiterated that events in Marawi equaled “to acts of terrorism which should be addressed in a decisive but more precise manner” and the military can already control the violence.

"They are not rebels desirous of a viable political alternative that can be accepted by any of our societies. With their plans disrupted and with their bankrupt fanaticism for a nihilist apocalypse, they are reduced to a fighting force violently trying to escape," Leonen said.

"They are not a rebel group that can hope to achieve and hold any ground," he also added. 

Leonen also believed that imposing martial law only “creates false sense of security”.

Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Leonen served as the government’s chief peace negotiator under former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.