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Solons confident Congress will support extension of martial law

Solons confident Congress will support extension of martial law

"We can not have an unlimited or "unli"-martial law in Mindanao", Drilon said".

Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto said the President asked Congress to convene in a joint session on Saturday to possibly endorse an extension of martial rule in the South amid operations to quell what remains of the rebellion in Marawi City led by the ISIS-inspired Maute group.

He noted that Article VII, Section 18 of the Constitution allows the President to place any part of the country under martial law for a period not exceeding 60 days.

"In keeping with the provision of the Constitution, the President must initiate for the extension of the proclamation or suspension of the privilege of the writ", Garbin said, noting that the President has not yet sent an official request or letter to the Congress on the matter.

As of yesterday, Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año said the assessment of the current situation on the terrorist problem is still being completed.

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The Defense chief also affirmed that his "trust and confidence in the professionalism and integrity of the Armed Forces, however, remains strong", amid allegations.

"As we all know, the President listens and he considers the position, not only of the military and of the police but also the interest of vital stakeholders", he said, adding that the basis of Mr. Duterte's decision would be "the threat to public safety, especially in concerned areas".

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the President's call for a special session is necessitated by the exigency to deliberate on the possible extension of the period of effectivity of Proclamation No. 216 in Mindanao.

The crisis in Marawi, now on its 56th day, has a death toll so far of 537: 399 militants, 93 government troops, and 45 civilians.

Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, spokesman for the Philippine Army's 1st Infantry Division, said the enemy's strength has declined the past days considering that 405 of them have been killed as of yesterday morning.


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