The trial of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos is in its final days in the Philippine Supreme Court.
A judge on Monday rejected a request from defense lawyers to halt the trial, saying they could continue with the trial if they were able to obtain the full bench.
Marcos is accused of committing extrajudicial killings and other crimes in his long reign.
He is currently on trial in a special court in the southern city of Cebu.
His lawyers argued that he is not guilty and had the right to stand trial.
The court has a limited number of judges and there are concerns that if they are not able to reach a decision by a certain time, he will be executed.
The Supreme Court has already rejected a motion by Marcos’ lawyers to extend the trial until February 1.
If they can’t, they may decide to halt it until the Supreme Court hears arguments.
Marcos has not yet been convicted.
The court is also expected to hear arguments on a request by Marcos to have his sentence reduced.
The Philippine government has repeatedly rejected the request.
Marcoses supporters have said that the ruling could lead to his execution, while critics have argued that the trial will damage the country’s democracy.
The trial is expected to last about a week.