Published: Tue, July 11, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Martial law in Mindanao helped neutralize Maute infrastructure - Lorenzana

Martial law in Mindanao helped neutralize Maute infrastructure - Lorenzana

Under the Philippine Law, the president has the power to extend the period of Martial Law but it needs to get the majority support of the Congress.

The President declared martial law in Mindanao after government troops clashed with members of the Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf Group in Marawi City on May 23.

He said a recommendation will be made to Duterte once the military is satisfied it has flushed out all terrorist elements from the region.

A spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Monday said extending martial law in Mindanao for 5 years may be too long but said the final decision will be up to the political leadership.

The SWS findings also followed a Supreme Court (SC) decision released on Tuesday, which affirmed the constitutionality of Duterte's martial law declaration as it threw out a consolidated petition filed by opposition lawmakers questioning its validity.

In denouncing the planned extension, the CPP pointed out that Duterte claims he listens exclusively to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for advice on the on-going conflict, but military officials claimed they never advised the president to declare martial law.

The expected meeting will come five days before the 60-day imposition of martial law expires and ahead of Duterte's second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24, when Congress opens its second regular session.

The speaker was quoted in a July 9 Inquirer report saying he would gather support from legislators at the lower House to extend Martial Law until 2022, the year President Rodrigo Duterte finishes his term. Security has been tightened in provinces adjacent to Marawi City with martial law still in effect.

As to Speaker Alvarez's basis in proposing for an extension, Padilla said he might have information at hand not privy to the military.

"This is a testament of the government's resolve to fully rehabilitate Marawi and help our Maranao brothers and sisters stand and rebuild the city", Galvez said. They will assess whether or not military operations in Marawi have been effective.

"The all-out disregard of Duterte-AFP for the lives and property has succeeded further in igniting widespread and determined armed resistance by various Moro groups", said the statement.

About 300 civilians, including the terrorists' hostages, remain trapped in the battle zone, preventing state forces from going all-out against the enemies.

Government losses at now placed at 87 killed.

The rise of pro-ISIS groups in the country has also raised alarm in Washington and the Philippines' neighbors in the region, which fear that the notorious terror group was seeking to establish a new front in Asia amid its successive losses in Iraq and Syria.

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