President Rodrigo Duterte is just not eager on increasing the scope of martial regulation to Visayas ought to terrorists make their method out of Mindanao.

Instead, Duterte stated he could also be pressured to declare the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus if ever terrorists attain Visayas.

In a speech on the 119th anniversary of the Philippine Navy in Davao City, Duterte stated he was involved about terrorists presumably setting foot in Visayas since it’s made up of a number of islands.

“And that is why I mentioned in passing that if there is maybe a transfer of venue from Mindanao to the Visayas and to make it easy for the Philippines to challenge the new engagements, I will be forced to declare the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, not martial law, but ‘yung habeas corpus lang so that I can arrest you anytime without a warrant,” he stated.

Duterte, nevertheless, stated the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus was “just a precautionary measure.”

“I don’t think it will happen. I hope it will not happen. But if it does, we must be ready,” he stated.

In a speech final May 24, Duterte stated he would possibly increase the declaration of martial regulation in Mindanao nationwide if terrorists acquire a “stronghold” in Luzon.

There is an ongoing conflict between the insurgent Maute group and authorities forces in Marawi City.