It’s impractical, if not unrealistic for the federal government to impose a deadline on the navy on when to end the disaster in Marawi City as there are a number of variables that would stand in the best way in realizing the goal date, Sen. Gregorio Honasan mentioned Thursday (June 29).
“Hindi practical. We set deadlines in the past. Napakahirap. Ang daming variables, may economic – yung kabuhayan na na-disrupt, yung dislocation, yung political variables, ideological. But yung pinaka-importanteng parte, yung refugees, how many thousands? More than 300,000 were displaced. Paano mo ire-restore ang kabuhayan nun?” he requested.
What is clear although is that the imposition of martial regulation is solely good for a interval of 60 days and Congress could have resolve if such proclamation could have to be prolonged or not, Honasan mentioned.
Based on his evaluation the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) seem to be already on clearing interval and hopefully end quickly the skirmishes with the extremist group.
“Patapos na ‘yung clearing operations (pero) hindi ka pwedeng mag deadline dahil isa lang dyan na maiwan na terorista na may hawak na pampasabog o may baril, hindi mo pwedeng sabihing clear and area. So these are variables na mahirap maglagay ng deadline,” the chair of the Senate committee on national protection and safety mentioned.
“(Pero) ‘yan naniniwala ako palabas na sila, maki-clear na ‘yan (Marawi City) physically,” he added.
Under Section 18, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution, Congress might, in common or particular session and voting collectively, prolong the proclamation of martial regulation for a interval to be decided by lawmaker, if invasion or rise up nonetheless persist and public security requires it.