SENATOR Win Gatchalian on Sunday said that the Senate still has to study the need to extend martial law in Mindanao if President Rodrigo Duterte will ask for it.
“Ito ay pag-aaralan namin nang mabuti. Tulad nung nakaraang dalawang martial law requests, nagkaroon ng full briefing ang mga senador through an executive session,” said Gatchalian.
“Gusto natin pag-aralan mabuti kung bakit pa kailangan i-extend ang martial law," Gatchalian added.
The senator is reacting to the announcement of Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that there might be “a need to extend it.”
Quoting the military, Panelo said in a Palace briefing that martial law helped in maintaining peace and order in Mindanao.
If approved, this will be the third extension of martial law after Congress approved for the second time its implementation in December last year.
Gatchalian explained that terrorists may still travel from one municipality to another given the geographic landscape of Mindanao.
“Ang Mindanao, isang malaking isla yan e. Dugtong-dugtong ‘yan. Kung may mangyari sa Marawi, pwedeng mangyari yan sa Saranggani. Madaling pumunta yung mga terrorist. May ganung banta, ang importante ngayon ay wag na nating hintaying mangyari pa,” the senator said.