Philippines' top court upholds Duterte's martial law

2017-07-04 15:19
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte checks the scope of a Chinese-made sniper rifle. (Bullit Marquez, AP)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte checks the scope of a Chinese-made sniper rifle. (Bullit Marquez, AP)

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Manila - The Philippines' top court has upheld President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in the southern third of the country, dismissing petitions to nullify it.

Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te said on Tuesday that 11 of 15 justices voted to dismiss the consolidated petitions filed by opposition lawmakers, activist groups and four women from Marawi - the southern city where an attack by Islamic State-aligned militants prompted Duterte to declare martial law on May 23.

Te said three of the justices voted to partially grant the petitions while one voted to grant them.

Details of the justices' opinion and voting were not immediately known, with Te saying the justices' draft opinions will be finalised and submitted on Wednesday.

The petitioners said there was no sufficient factual basis to justify Duterte's declaration.

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