Supreme Court asked: End martial law

MANILA, Philippines - A lawyer of the Ampatuans and four other parties, in separate petitions, asked the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday to stop President Arroyo from placing Maguindanao under martial law and to void Proclamation 1959.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said the SC must act on the petitions within 30 days.

At the SC, spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said all the petitions have been included in the agenda for the session today.

The justices would most likely consolidate the petitions and rule on whether a temporary restraining order should be issued, he added.

Joining lawyer Sigfried Fortun in questioning the martial law proclamation were Maguindanao Rep. Didagen Dilangalen of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL); party-list groups Bayan Muna, Gabriela and Bayan; concerned citizens led by former Senate president Jovito Salonga; lawyer Harry Roque Jr.; and law student Joseph Nelson Loyola.

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