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Palace on SC's martial law ruling: Entire gov't now stands together vs. rebellion, terrorism

The Supreme Court decision upholding the legality of martial law in Mindanao means that the entire government is now focused on fighting a common enemy, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

"The High Court has spoken: Proclamation 216 is constitutional. The President is sworn to protect the Filipino people. He will not waver in this commitment to end rebellion, the evil of terrorism and to liberate Marawi," presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a statement said. 

"With the Supreme Court decision, the whole government now stands together as one against a common enemy," he added.

Abella then asked the public to support and cooperate with the authorities in making martial law work to keep the peace in Mindanao.

"We ask the public to give their full support and cooperation to local authorities.  After all, securing communities is a responsibility that must be shared by everyone," he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao after pro-ISIS Maute group attacked Marawi City on May 23. —KG/KVD, GMA News