In an article by Inquirer.net, the Duterte Administration knew that the attacks done by the Maute terrorist group were planned 5 days before the actual attacks were made on May 23.
This information was used by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) along with the alleged involvement of one of the Maute leaders, Abdullah Maute, in cases of car bombing, car thefts and assassination of government armed forces a month ago to convince the Supreme Court (SC) to downplay petitions contesting the declaration of Martial Law to the whole island-region of Mindanao by the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Solicitor General Jose Calida said that the petitions supporting the unconstitutionality of the Martial Law were “procedurally defective”, that is, it did not cite the provision of the Rules of the Court it is filed under.
Calida said that the petitioners just mentioned Section 18, Article VII of the Philippine Constitution and not the procedure itself which made the arguments of the petition weak.
Whereas, the declaration of the Martial Law was backed by facts and by information provided by the military and denied heresies that these are erroneous.
The OSG submitted the compounded statement hitting back at the said petitions to the members of the tribunal that will spearhead the oral arguments regarding the issue.