AT least two House leaders expressed strong support for the extension of martial law in Mindanao.
Both coming from the Visayas region, Deputy Speakers Gwendolyn Garcia (Cebu) and Fredenil Castro (Capiz) said in a press briefing that if President Rodrigo Duterte will ask Congress for an extension of the Mindanao martial rule they will grant his request.
“Well, I can only surmise that lawmakers are out there to support the President’s request. Because if they supported the proclamation of martial law and the basis for the proclamation is still there, including the fact that the purpose of declaring martial law has not yet been accomplished, I do not see any reason why the Senate or the House of Representatives would withhold its support for an extension requested by the President,” Castro said.
“Now, kung kailangan i-extend or i-prolong, we leave that to the wisdom of the President,” Garcia added.
The two solons said the problem of terrorism in Mindanao is very serious and need to be addressed immediately.
On May 23, President Duterte declared martial law in the entire Mindanao following the attack launched by Maute, a group that claimed to have links to ISIS.
The 60-day martial law period is about to end and the President, upon the recommendation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ,can extend it.