'Mindanao martial law extension a prelude to nationwide declaration?'

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Posted at Dec 13 2017 11:52 AM | Updated as of Dec 13 2017 12:54 PM

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MANILA - Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday questioned President Rodrigo Duterte's request for an extension of martial law in Mindanao despite the end of hostilities in Marawi City.

Combat operations in Marawi City were terminated on October 23, after government forces killed the leaders of Islamic State-inspired extremists that laid siege in the town for 5 months.

Drilon said extending martial law at this point has no basis and is unconstitutional as its grounds were mere "threats." 

"Actual armed conflict is the basic foundation for the continued imposition of martial law," he said.

Drilon also questioned why Duterte, in his letter to Congress seeking the extension, cited the terror threat posed by armed Communist rebels, which has been existing for decades.

"Is this now a prelude to declaring martial law nationwide?," he said. 

- ANC, 13 December 2017