Philippines Supreme Court approved Tuesday on the legality of martial law imposed by the Philippine President Rodrigo Dottirta in late May / May in the southern third of the country, to suppress the insurgency fighters Bayaoa organization "Daesh".
This extraordinary procedure has been imposed throughout the island of Mindanao on 23 May / May, hours after raising the banner of the organization of the jihadists of the Islamic state in a large number of neighborhoods Marawi, Muslim city in a country with a Catholic majority.
Since six weeks, the Philippine army has been fighting to restore its control over the city.
The deputies from the opposition filed a request to the Philippine Supreme Court asking them refused to martial law, because of the "complete absence of factual justification" for their application. And likened this procedure military rule under former dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Supreme Court spokesman Theodore T announced that the majority of the judges of the Supreme Court responded to the appeal without explanation of the decision.
He said presidential spokesman Ernesto Philippine Abella said in a statement that "the Supreme Court's decision united the country in the face of a common enemy, and ask the people to give its full support and cooperation with local authorities."
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Clashes Marawi in Mindanao island, it killed 460 people and caused the displacement of about 400 thousand people and destroying entire neighborhoods.
The Philippine military is trying to support from the US military, using artillery and helicopters restore the besieged houses in Marawi and control of the situation in the city.
He announced Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during a press conference in Manila Monday that the militants commander Isnilon Hapilon, one of the largest in the world's most wanted, is still alive in a life entrenched mosques.
Allow martial law to the security forces to arrest suspects for three days without judicial authorization.
Authorities reported that 66 people were arrested under this regime, in connection with the jihadists in Marawi, including the death of my father's brothers, two rebel leaders.
In the appeal to the Supreme Court, opposition MPs warned that martial law could pave the way for the return of repression and abuses that characterized the era of the dictatorship of Marcos, which lasted 20 years and ended with the 1986 revolution "people power."
They added that "the grim specter of repression and atrocities, injustice and corruption worries people again Philippine, with the declaration of martial law is unjustified and hasty and unconstitutional."
According to historians, thousands of jailed dissidents and suspected insurgents and their supporters alleged, tortured and killed.
Shortly after the declaration of martial law, the president praised the Philippine Marcos era and promised that his version of this extraordinary system "harsh."
The opposition to the disparity in the customary provisions that apply to one-third of the whole of the country, while the clashes Marawi area only limited.
The 1987 Constitution imposes restrictions on the imposition of martial law to prevent the recurrence of violations such as those obtained in the Marcos era and allows the Supreme Court evaluates the real reasons for the announcement.
The martial law sets a period of time of 60 days, but the parliament's approval is necessary for its extension. Dottirta confirmed that he is entitled to be extended and threatened to expand the scope of its application, if necessary, to cover all parts of the country.
After receiving much criticism of the excesses and violence practiced in the "war against drugs", Dottirta warned of the failure to comply with the decision of the Supreme Court and that he would not only abide by the words of the police and the army.
He said in regards to the judges that they "are not soldiers and they do not know what is happening in the field" threatened to jail critics of martial law.