Malacañang told: Inform Congress of Mindanao martial law extension plans

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 29 2018 08:12 PM

Police officers inspect ID cards from passers-by as they patrol the streets of Iligan city on May 27, 2017, 3 days after the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Malacañang should now decide if there is a need for Congress to hold a special session to discuss martial law in Mindanao, a lawmaker said Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri said the Palace should already decide and inform Congress to give lawmakers ample time to rearrange their schedules for the holiday season.

“Dapat mag-desisyon na Palasyo para mapaghandaan ng mga senador at congressman. All we need is advance info[rmation] on when the President plans to hold a special session,” Zubiri told reporters.

(The Palace should now decide so that senators and congressmen can prepare.)

Zubiri, who hails from Mindanao, said he sees no problem with another extension of martial law in the southern Philippines.

“For us (Mindanaoans), we do our daily grind, no problem," he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte placed Mindanao under martial law in May 2017 after Islamic State-inspired terrorists laid siege on predominantly Muslim Marawi City.

Congress last year granted the extension of martial law until the end of 2018. However, there has been talk of possibly extending it anew after the series of bombings in the region.