Mindanao martial law extension under study

November 02, 2018

MALACAÑANG said the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (EC-NSC) has several factors to consider before deciding to either lift or extend martial rule in Mindanao.

In a statement, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the peace and order situation in Mindanao was discussed during the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (EC-NSC) meeting held on Tuesday at the Ebuen Airbase in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

"Factors that were initially considered by the committee were the outlook of our brothers and sisters in Mindanao, an overwhelming majority of whom support martial law in view of the present situation they are in, the facilitation it will bring in rehabilitating Marawi and regaining normalcy in Mindanao, and indispensable constitutional and legal factors," he said.

"The President is very much involved in various matters concerning our country but considers national security as one of the most vital concerns that must always be overseen by the government," he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Mindanao island under martial rule after ISIS-inspired Maute group members attacked Marawi City on May 23, 2017.

Congress extended the imposition of martial law two times, both extensions affirmed by the Supreme Court. The last extension will end on December 31 this year.