Senator Win Gatchalian on Thursday (July 6) mentioned President Duterte’s safety cluster officers ought to conduct one other in depth briefing within the Senate earlier than the Executive strikes to increase martial law in Mindanao.
“For me I think that will be the most prudent (action) for me, that I will base my decision from the information being given by the security cluster,” he mentioned.
Under the 1987 Constitution, lawmakers are tasked to find out the interval wherein the martial law proclamation will probably be in impact, following a request from the President.
“I think most of the senators would want to have an extensive briefing aside from the update being given to the media (on the situation in Marawi). I think yung personal interaction dito sa Senate and Congress ay malaking bagay ‘yan. So matatanong natin yung mga details na kailangan nating malaman,” he mentioned.
Gatchalian, thought of an administration ally within the higher chamber, the Palace has but to declare whether or not Duterte would search an extension after the 60-day interval’s expiry on July 22.
“Sa ngayon wala pa sa alam ko na communication. The situation is changing rapidly on the ground. Mahirap magsabi ng isang definite na signal now dahil nagbabago (ang sitwasyon),” he mentioned.
“So the prudent thing para sa mga decision-makers ay magbigay ulit ng briefing kung nasaan na tayo, ano pa yung potential threat at kung pwede pang ma-contain na lang yung martial law if ever sa isang lugar kesa sa buong Mindanao. I think ang pinaka mahalaga dito is magkaroon tayo ng information kung ano pa yung nangyayari sa Mindanao,” Gatchalian added.