[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Monday released its 9-6 decision dismissing seven suits filed against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [NYT backgrounder] that challenged the constitutionality of the declaration of martial law she made in 2009. The court also determined that the suits were rendered moot because Arroyo lifted [JURIST report] Proclamation No. 1959 [text] after eight days, thus preventing Congress from reviewing it. The majority opinion determined that Arroyo followed the applicable constitutional rules [Inquirer...

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