MANILA – After 15 senators expressed support for the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the House of Representatives on Wednesday formally backed martial law.
Lawmakers adopted a resolution based on the Committee of the Whole House’s report that recommended support for the declaration, and stressed that there is no reason to revoke the matter at this time.
The committee discussed in executive session with executive branch officials the factual basis of the declaration triggered by clashes between government forces and the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups in Marawi City.
House Resolution 1050 said that during the meeting of the committee, "the members of the House of Representatives determined the factual sufficiency of the factual basis for the issuance of Proclamation 216.”
The resolution reads, "Resolved by the House of Representatives to express its full support to President Rodrigo Duterte, it finds no reason to revoke Proclamation 216 entitled Declaring a State of Martial Law and Suspending the Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Whole of Mindanao."