Philippine House leader wants Martial Law extended till Duterte steps down

Philippine House leader wants Martial Law extended till Duterte steps down

Philippine House leader wants Martial Law extended till Duterte steps down

Martial law in Mindanao was implemented nighttime of May 23 following the attack of Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City.

"The communist rebels also denounced the intensified offensives by state forces against leftist fighters amid the military rule, adding that sustained aerial bombardments in Marawi "(have) been proven a failure".

Padilla said, although he was unaware of where Alvarez was coming from, he admitted declaring or extending martial law would be a political decision.

He said the Marawi siege was "merely the pretext" to put Mindanao under martial law, which would supposedly allow Duterte and his allies to implement projects that would be detrimental to farmers, the Lumads, and the Moro people.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said on Sunday that he would push Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until 2022, to give President Rodrigo Duterte time to put an end to all terrorist activities in the restive region.

"Five years may be too long for the moment", Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson BGen.

Ejercito earlier pointed out that since there have been no atrocities or any human rights violations committed since the imposition of martial law, "it will be easier to justify (its) extension if needed".

As this develops, Lorenzana said the government is now making plans needed for the the reconstruction of war-torn Marawi City.

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The fighting erupted after a botched operation by military and police commandos to arrest Isnilon Hapilon, a terrorist leader believed to be the "point man" for the #Islamic State (IS) in the #Philippines and military adviser to the local IS-affiliated Maute Group.

Under the 1987 Constitution, there are safeguards against the abuse of martial law, such as a review by Congress and a 60-day limit.

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. Martial law, even if warranted, even if there is factual basis for it, is never good for the country...

"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.

Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported that only 12 per cent of the Filipinos said they were dissatisfied for a net satisfaction rating of plus 66 per cent, considered a "new personal record high" for Duterte.

"Our efforts on the ground are also focused (on) rescuing civilians who are still trapped".

The ongoing battle, which broke out on May 23, to retake the city has damaged many houses and buildings and has so far killed 507, including 379 terrorists, 39 civilians and 89 soldiers and policemen.

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