Bongbong Marcos said that the extension of Martial Law is not the problem. Thinking that international terrorists are gaining a foothold in Mindanao particularly in Marawi, this is not an easy problem. This is even a global threat. The President asks the Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2017. This is over concerns of a “looming situation,” the Palace explains.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos said that the conflict with rebels is a world issue.
Proposal to the Congress and Senate
Du30 proposed to Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to continue military rule in the southern Philippines for over five more months because the “looming situation in Mindanao has to be addressed,” Abella said. The President has also requested that the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus be likewise extended.
Martial law administrator Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, martial law implementor General Eduardo Año, and Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa have given their recommendations. The President, as always, used his “thorough, personal assessment” and his own sources of information as the basis for his request, Abella added.
Despite the military’s pronouncement it is possible to end the conflict in Marawi before the end of July, Abella explained that the President still sees the Mindanao threat serious enough to justify his request for martial law extension.
No Extension Limit
The 1987 Constitution dictates that the initial proclamation of martial law may last for 60 days. But there is no limit for the extension. The extension period will be determined by the Congress. Pimentel said if Duterte’s formal proposal is to extend martial law in Mindanao until year end, they will likely convene on it.