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DND, AFP chiefs ready to face SC for martial law oral arguments

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 02:30 PM June 14, 2017
Restituto Padilla

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año are ready to participate in the ongoing oral arguments on martial law at the Supreme Court, the military’s spokesman said on Wednesday.

READ: Supreme Court sets oral arguments on martial law declaration

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“We support whatever process that is currently ongoing and if we need to be resource persons elsewhere, including the Supreme Court, we will be there,” Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesperson, said in a Palace briefing.

“The government, I think, is all one in this that whatever us required, we will provide,” Padilla added.

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During the oral arguments on Wednesday, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno ordered Lorenzana and Año to participate in the oral arguments on the petitions asking the high court to invalidate President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration in Mindanao.

“If (they are) requested by the Supreme Court, I guess the chief of staff himself and the secretary of National Defense will be there and talk about whatever it is the justices want to clarify,” Padilla said. JPV

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