Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan stated Friday that President Duterte’s request to Congress to increase his imposition of martial law in Mindanao was all however wrapped even earlier than senators and representatives have began deliberations.
“Considering that the administration has the control of the lower house, I don’t think the debates will be too lengthy. This is in the end a numbers game and the numbers are overwhelmingly in their favor,” Pangilinan, president of the Liberal Party (LP), stated.
“(But) we can only hope that the basis for the extension, as well as the goals meant to be achieved by the extension, are clearly spelled out. The public deserves to know this and it is done through public debate. Huwag sana nila pwersahin ang debate tutal mananalo naman sila sa botohan,” he added.
Despite this, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon stated they might nonetheless increase the problem on the period of martial law whilst they stood supportive of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and troopers who’re laying their lives on the road in Marawi City.
“But LP will raise the issue of the need for a martial law extension until year-end which we believe is not justified. Likewise, we believe that the coverage of the whole Mindanao cannot be justified under our Constitution,” he stated.
The Senate and the House of Representatives, in a particular session on Saturday (July 22), will convene in joint proceedings to deliberate on the extension of Duterte’s Proclamation 216 which he requested to be imposed till the tip of the 12 months.