Malacanang on Saturday (June 10) welcomed the support expressed by outgoing British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad for the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella stated Ahmad’s support for martial law could have been prompted by the phobia assaults which passed off within the United Kingdom this yr.

“We appreciate ‘yung statement po ng Ambassador to support the Constitutional implementation of martial law and military action to suppress violence and impose control and security,” Abella stated over the state-run dzRB radio.

Earlier this week, Ahmad instructed journalists that he sees nothing “intrinsically wrong” with the declaration of martial law throughout states of calamity or emergency.

“It is how you use those facilities constitutionally to be held accountable and bring the situation under control,” Ahmad stated.

Just in September final yr, Abella famous that Ahmad criticized the administration over “the cult of death” amid the spate of drug-related killings.

In February, the British envoy stated: “Change has come, but not in a good way.”

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23 as a result of assault staged by the Maute group in Marawi City.