Martial law extension in Mindanao unconstitutional, says lawmaker


Posted at Dec 11 2017 10:13 AM

MANILA - Extending martial law in Mindanao will violate the limitations set by the Constitution, according to an opposition lawmaker.

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman said there is no basis for extending martial law since there is no actual rebellion in Mindanao, especially now that the Marawi siege is over.

"There is no actual rebellion or actual invasion in the entire Mindanao. This would transgress the safeguard imposed by the Constitution on a limited ground," he told ANC Monday.

President Rodrigo Dutere has already finished writing his request for the Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao for a year, according to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

Lagman, along with other lawmakers and groups, had questioned the initial proclamation of martial law in Mindanao but eventually lost before the Supreme Court.

The lawmaker hopes Congress will decide on the matter fairly despite Duterte having the support of the super majority. If the extension is granted, he said he will question it again before the high court,

"I think, this time even the Supreme Court may not grant any sanction or approval to such completely unconstitutional, infirm extension of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao," he said.