The ball is now in President Rodrigo Duterte’s courtroom on whether or not or not martial law in Mindanao must be prolonged after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana submitted his recommendation final July 13.
Lorenzana, nonetheless, was mum on the small print of his recommendation since he didn’t need to preempt Duterte.
“We will have to wait for the President’s final decision on the matter. What I submitted to him was my recommendation from the security sector as Administrator of Martial Law in Mindanao after consulting with the CSAFP Gen Año. The President has a lot more to consider,” he stated Sunday (July 16).
In addition to his recommendation, Lorenzana stated the President may even need to take into consideration the inputs from the Philippine National Police, different authorities companies and the individuals of Mindanao.
“I fully trust the President’s judgment on this whether he considers my recommendations or not,” he stated.
Proclamation No. 216, which locations your entire Mindanao underneath martial law, will expire on June 22 except it’s prolonged by Congress. But lawmakers stated they should anticipate Duterte to request an extension earlier than deliberating on the matter.
The President stated he’ll solely hearken to the police and navy’s suggestions in deciding whether or not it’s time to raise martial law or prolong it.