Martial law extension predicted

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Martial law extension predicted

Two Davao City Councilors expressed their support for President Duterte's proposal to extend martial rule in Mindanao for one more year.

According to Calida, the President deems it necessary to extend the proclamation to completely quell and put an end to the ongoing rebellion in Mindanao.

"Congress is a political body and the President has the super majority in both houses It is expected that notwithstanding our reservations and opposition, the Congress will authorize the extension of martial for one year in the entire Mindanao, as requested by the President". "The remnants of these rebel groups are now regrouping and recruiting new members to sustain the ongoing rebellion". "It must be actual, not contrived", he argued.

This is the second request for extension since Duterte issued Proclamation 216 on May 23, Day 1 of the Marawi Crisis, placing all of Mindanao's 27 provinces and 33 cities under martial law for 60 days.

"With Malacaňang poised to extend the martial law declaration in Mindanao and, possibly, to expand the coverage nationwide, the situation is set to become much more urgent and risky", Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said.

Left-wing and pro-democracy groups have protested Duterte's imposition of martial law because of human rights concerns, but the Supreme Court has upheld its legality.

Hilbay pointed out that the government has already declared victory in the battle against the terrorist group in the south.

The President quoted the December 4 letter of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzan, concurrent Martial Law Administrator, recommending the year-long extension "primarily to ensure total eradication of DAESH-inspired Da'awaul Isamiyah Waliyatul Masriq (DIWM), other like-minded Local/Foreign Terrorist Groups (L/FTGs) and Armed Lawless Groups (ALGs) and the communist terrorists (CTs) and their coddlers, supporters, and financiers".

"We need to clarify what martial law is all about".

However, various progressive groups have condemned the continuing implementation of martial law.

He argued that despite the deaths of terror leader Isnilon Hapilon and other Maute fighters, the state of rebellion still persists in Mindanao.

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