Extend martial law - Duterte

10 December, 2017, 20:09 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Extend martial law - Duterte

House Majority Leader Fariñas shared to House reporters his communication with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

On July 23, Congress, voting 261-18, extended martial law in Mindanao until year-end.

The 1987 Constitution requires any extension of martial rule to be approved by Congress.

The region, with a population of 22 million, has been under martial law since May 23, 2017, when Islamist militants linked to the Daesh terrorist group seized three-fourths of the southern city of Marawi.

The PNP has been proposing for one year extension, while the military has refused to disclose the period of extension in its recommendation to Duterte.

Earlier in the day, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte was assessing the need to extend martial law in Mindanao as recommended by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.

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But some sectors are anxious that the extension of martial law in Mindanao would lead to human rights abuses.

"We're going to move logistics ano 'yung mga equipment, pagka sila'y nakakaikot ng malaya d'un, they can hamper 'yung pagre-rebuild natin di ba, kasi paano natin matutuloy 'yun eh kung hindi natin ma-secure yung area, papunta pa 'yung mga engineers natin e baka ma-ambush na "yung mga gan'un ba," Andolong said".

But Alvarez said he asked that the request be made formal in a letter "so that we (Congress) can act on it immediately". Lawmakers are due to go on recess on from December 16 to January 14, 2018.

"As you know, there have been reports that they (Maute) are recruiting already in the Lanao area, so I think this will help curb their activities on the ground", he said.

Lagman said there is no more "actual invasion or rebellion" in Mindanao as the President himself had declared that Marawi had been liberated from local and foreign terrorists two months ago. Within the break the martial law period - previously extended already with Congress approval - lapses on December 31, 2017.

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