Lawmakers could discuss about extending the declaration of martial law in Mindanao all they need, however the energy to do it rests solely on the President, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana stated Tuesday (July 11).
Lorenzana made the assertion as a number of lawmakers have shared their two cents on the potential extension of martial law.
“While we respect the position of our lawmakers and laud their support to the military, we believe that the declaration of Martial Law is an extraordinary power of the President as Commander-in-Chief that must be resorted to only when warranted by our national security circumstances,” he stated in a press release.
As the martial law administrator, Lorenzana stated the army “will follow whatever path will be laid out by the national government.”
“The Filipino people can rest assured, however, that if martial law is extended, they can continue to trust their defense and security establishments since every decision we make and operation we undertake is anchored on the rule of law and respect for human rights. They can trust their Armed Forces to protect them and advance the people’s best interest,” he stated.
Lorenzana famous that the Constitution has prescribed limitations surrounding the declaration of martial law to stop its abuse.
Talk about the potential extension of martial law in Mindanao has gained floor after Duterte stated he is not going to carry the declaration earlier than his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, or greater than 60 days past the interval indicated within the Constitution.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has stated he desires martial law to be in place till Duterte’s time period ends in 2022.
House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo stated they are going to help the President if he desires to increase the declaration of martial law.