Drilon expects Congress to grant martial law extension


Posted at Dec 12 2017 11:18 AM

MANILA - A minority senator believes Congress will heed President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao, given the number of the Chief Executive's supporters in both chambers.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Senator Franklin Drilon said Congress is a political body and President Duterte has a "super majority" that is expected to grant his request.

"I think the authorization of Congress to extend martial law in accordance with the request of President Duterte is a foregone conclusion. Congress is a political body and the President has a super majority in both houses," he said.

Despite this, Drilon said the minority will still raise their objection based on Constitutional grounds, just to put it on record. He said the minority believes there is no basis to extend martial law in Mindanao.

The senator expects groups to question the factual basis of extending martial law in Mindanao before the Supreme Court if the Congress grants the President's request.

"We go through the motions but ultimately the Supreme Court will have to decide whether or not there is factual basis on extending martial law in the entire Mindanao," he said.

In his formal request to Congress, Duterte cited a lingering terror threat in Mindanao as well as the armed insurgency of the communist New People’s Army as reasons for seeking the extension of martial law. - report from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News