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Calida: Elements of rebellion all present in Marawi siege

/ 02:32 PM June 13, 2017
Jose Calida

Solicitor General Jose Calida. (Photo by TOTO LOZANO /Malacañang)

The administration’s defense of Proclamation 216 was more intense than that of the terrorist Maute Group, Solicitor General Jose Calida told reporters at the start of the three-day oral arguments at the Supreme Court on the petitions questioning the validity of President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration over Mindanao.

Calida maintained that there was a rebellion with the Maute Group and other terrorist group to strip the government of control in southern Philippines and establish a wilayah, or administrative division, in the region.

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“Sino ba ang Filipino na naniniwalang hindi rebellion ang nangyayari sa Marawi. All the elements of rebellion are present — public uprising, allegiance to ISIS,” Calida told reporters.

“They [Maute] are depriving the President of exercising his prerogatives as commander-in-chief,” Calida said.

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He hinted that he would reveal information on the matter once he got his turn to speak before the high court.

“My lips are sealed until tomorrow,” he said. “Every hearing, I have a surprise.” /atm

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