President Rodrigo Duterte has requested Congress to increase the declaration of martial regulation in Mindanao till December 31, 2017, citing the federal government’s failure to resolve the issue of rebel in the island group by July 22.
Duterte’s request to lawmakers was contained in a letter which was learn out loud by presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a press convention in Malacanang Tuesday (July 18).
“I have come to the conclusion that the existing rebellion in Mindanao, which has prompted me to issue Proclamation No. 216 on 23rd May 2017 will not be quelled completely by 22nd July 2017. The last day of the 60-day period provided under Section 18 Article VII of the 1987 Constitution,” the President stated.
“For this reason and because public safety requires it, I call upon the Congress to extend until 31st of December 2017 or for such a period of time as the Congress may determine, the proclamation of the martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao,” he added.
In his letter, the President stated he selected asking for the extension of martial regulation after assessing the state of affairs in Marawi City, in addition to the reviews from Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.
Under the Constitution, solely Congress has the facility to increase the declaration of martial regulation however it might solely accomplish that if there’s a request from the President.
Duterte declared martial regulation final May because of the preventing between the Maute group and authorities forces in Marawi City.
He has stated he’ll solely take heed to the police and navy’s suggestion as to when the declaration of martial regulation in Mindanao ought to be lifted.