An extension of the declaration of martial legislation in Mindanao seems to be within the works after President Rodrigo Duterte dominated out lifting it earlier than his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24.
In an interview with state-run PTV-Four after his go to to troops in Iligan City Friday (July 7), Duterte stated he will depend on the advice of the armed forces and the police when martial legislation needs to be lifted.
“No,” he stated when requested if Mindanao will now not be underneath martial legislation by July 24.
“It’s the armed forces and the police. I consulted them and [they] said it was critical. Ang magsabi sa akin na hindi na critical ang armed forces and the police,” he stated.
Duterte stated the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are in the perfect place to find out whether or not martial legislation is now not wanted in Mindanao as a result of their troops are on the bottom.
“I do not have the independent study on what are the happenings on the ground. It’s not my job. I cannot do it physically even, so I just have to rely on the word of the armed forces and the the police because they are the ones keeping this republic healthy and alive,” he stated.
“Pag sinabi nila wala nang delikado and everything is okay, then that is the time I will lift martial law,” Duterte added.
The President positioned Mindanao underneath martial legislation on May 23 because of the preventing between authorities forces and the ISIS-inspired Maute group in Marawi City.
Under the Constitution, the declaration of martial legislation solely lasts for 60 days except it’s prolonged by Congress.