President Rodrigo Duterte is still waiting for the full report on the implementation of martial law in Mindanao earlier than he decides on whether or not his declaration ought to be prolonged or not, Malacañang stated Wednesday (July 12).
“The Palace is waiting for the full report of the Secretary of National Defense and Martial Law Administrator and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff, the Martial Law Implementor, before PRRD initiates any action for the proposal of an extension of martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella stated in an announcement.
“We assure all our citizens that the primordial consideration of our Commander in Chief is the national interest,” he added.
Abella made the clarification after Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa stated that martial law in Mindanao ought to be prolonged to the “maximum period” allowable by law since all cities in the area are beneath menace.
Duterte positioned Mindanao beneath martial law on May 23 after authorities forces clashed with the ISIS-inspired Maute group in Marawi City.
Under the Constitution, the declaration of martial law solely lasts for 60 days– or on this case till July 22– until it’s prolonged by Congress.
In addition to wanting to abide by the law, Abella stated Duterte additionally helps “the immediate restoration of the rule of law, peace, order, and the overall safety and well-being of our citizens not only in Marawi but in the whole of country.”