PNP to formally endorse martial law extension

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 13 2017 03:54 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to draft a position paper justifying the extension of martial law in Mindanao. 

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said they need to submit the position paper to President Duterte before martial law lapses on July 23. 

He added, they are still unsure how many days they will need for the extension. 

"Hindi ko masabi kung ilang araw, basta may rason lang kami. Doon na sasabihin anong rason namin, bakit namin kailangan i-extend ang martial law from the law enforcement perspective," he said.

"Iba naman from the military perspective, sasabihin nila ang tactical reasons nila, strategic reason nila, bakit kailangan i-extend ang martial law. Sa akin naman, from the law enforcement perspective, ano yung mga investigative reasons, bakit kailangan namin i-extend. We will make our position paper," he added.

Duterte on May 23 placed the entire Mindanao under martial rule following clashes between government forces and Islamic State-inspired extremists in Marawi City.

The basis of his declaration was challenged before the Supreme Court, but the high tribunal upheld its constitutionality in a majority decision. 

Lawmakers from both chambers of Congress are expected to meet next week to vote on its possible extension.

Dela Rosa said the coverage of martial law will be among those to be determined in their position paper.

Authorities will review if there is a need to place the entire Mindanao under an extended martial law or maybe some areas can have martial law already lifted.