Arroyo says House leadership will back martial law extension proposal

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 05 2018 05:38 PM

MANILA - Former President, now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Wednesday said the legislative chamber she leads would back the proposed extension of martial law in Mindanao.

Armed Forces chief of staff General Carlito Galvez earlier said he would recommend another year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao due to the "lurking" threat of terrorism.

"If it comes to our chamber, I will recommend that we pass it," Arroyo told reporters in a chance interview.

Some senators earlier said extending the military rule for a third time in Mindanao should be considered as unconstitutional as there is no "actual rebellion" in the southern part of the Philippines.

Duterte first imposed martial law in Mindanao in May 2017 after Maute terrorists overran Marawi City. The 60-day proclamation was extended until December 30, 2017, and eventually until the end of 2018.