Sara Duterte-Carpio says martial law extension will not be a problem

Jul 11, 2017, 00:17

Under the Philippine Law, the president has the power to extend the period of Martial Law but it needs to get the majority support of the Congress.

Martial law in Mindanao was implemented nighttime of May 23 following the attack of Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City.

For its part, the military reckons that its recommendation could come out as early as this week.

The CPP has Duterte's administration of setting a stage for nationwide martial law with his decision last Friday to stall peace talks National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the umbrella body that represents communists in the talks.

"I can not give you a categorical answer because the assessment for the extension of martial law is still being undertaken and we have not finished this yet", Padilla told a press briefing at the Palace on Monday.

"As a Mindanaoan, I support the extension of Martial Law until 2022 to end all the troubles in Mindanao once and for all", Alvarez sad.

In fact, he said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is finalizing the preparation for the deployment of "well-experienced" engineers for its Engineering Units to help in the rehabilitation process particularly in the restoration of public infrastructures such as school building, mosques, multi-purpose centers, farm-to-market roads and health centers, among others.

Ejercito earlier pointed out that since there have been no atrocities or any human rights violations committed since the imposition of martial law, "it will be easier to justify (its) extension if needed".

Opposition lawmaker and Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman said on Monday, July 10 that only President Rodrigo Duterte can initiate the extension of Proclamation Number 216, which put Mindanao under martial law since May 23.

President Rodrigo Duterte announced the government is imposing martial law in Mindanao in May to stamp out extremists aligned with Islamic State (Isis) from the region.

As this develops, Lorenzana said the government is now making plans needed for the the reconstruction of war-torn Marawi City.

Under the 1987 Constitution, the President may declare martial law for a maximum of 60 days - or July 22 in this case. Martial law, even if warranted, even if there is factual basis for it, is never good for the country...

Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported that only 12 per cent of the Filipinos said they were dissatisfied for a net satisfaction rating of plus 66 per cent, considered a "new personal record high" for Duterte.

More than 500 people have been killed in the fighting, including 89 soldiers and police, 39 civilians and 379 militants, according to figures released by the government on Monday.

Government troops continue to fight over 80 terrorists in Marawi City.

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