Defense chief submits martial law recommendation to Duterte

Elias Hubbard
July 18, 2017

As this develops, Dela Rosa also said that they have detected plans of the New People's Army (NPA) to conduct pre-SONA attacks on Davao City as part of their efforts to embarrass the President.

"The President's call for a special session is necessitated by the exigency to deliberate on the possible extension of the period of effectivity of Proclamation 216, which will end next week", he said.

"I'll be surprised if he'll (Duterte) not ask for an extension", Gordon told dzBB.

Earlier on Monday, Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro said lawmakers would likely support an extension of martial law if "the basis for the proclamation is still there, the goal of declaring Martial Law has not been accomplished". The 15-day timeline he sough to address the problem in war-torn city is beyond the 60-day period of martial law implementation in Mindanao.

House of Representatives Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas has said his chamber and the Senate will hold a joint session "as required by the Constitution... to consider the initiative of the President to extend Martial Law".

Drilon said he and the rest of the minority senators would support any proposed resolution to "immediately convene Congress in joint session to hear the explanations of the executive branch on the extension of martial law".

The submission of the recommendation came out to be earlier than what the Armed Forces of the Philippines have been pronouncing the past week. "Basta we are for the extension", he added.

The 60-day martial law declared on May 23 is set to expire on July 22.

Lorenzana, administrator of martial law in the south, did not spill further details regarding his recommendation to Duterte but said he "fully trust [s]" the Commander in Chief's judgment.

As of July 9, the death toll in the Marawi crisis has already breached 500 with at least 379 terrorists, 89 soldiers and 39 civilians killed.

The military said only around 60 to 70 Maute members remain to be defeated in Marawi.

"We have made it clear from the very start that all our operations under martial law will be based on the rule of law and respect for human rights of all, regardless of religion, ethnicity or ideology".

Dela Rosa said their recommendation still covers the whole area of Mindanao.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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