Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon would defer to the knowledge of President Rodrigo Duterte is developing with developing with a 10 to 15-day deadline to end the Marawi crisis.
The President declared issued Proclamation 216 on May 23 inserting Mindanao below martial legislation after the Maute extremis group seized Marawi City. Its validity ends on July 22.
Asked whether or not it’s secure for the President to set a deadline in ending the Maute riot, Drilon mentioned, “The President is presumed to have access to information which none of us would have. When he says he will finish it in 10 to 15 days, that we will defer to the judgment.”
“Certainly that will be an input to our discussion as to whether or not to extend the martial law and the period of extension assuming that we authorize the extension,” he mentioned.
“So, if that is where it is, then the decision of Congress will certainly be influenced by this assessment of the President of when he feels he can finish the problem in Marawi,” Drilon added.
The Senate minority chief hopes Malacanang will schedule a safety briefing on the progress of the implementation of martial legislation.