Palace execs to brief solons on martial law extension

December 10, 2018
Rodrigo R. Duterte

TOP officials of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte will hold a security briefing with congressmen this Tuesday morning in preparation for tomorrow’s joint session of Congress on the Chief Executive’s request to grant martial law extension and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao for another year.

The security briefing is set at 11 in the morning today and the joint session of Congress was scheduled at nine in the morning tomorrow after President Duterte’s formal request for martial law extension reached the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Citing the continued terror threat, Malacañang, through Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, wrote a letter to Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III  and Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to extend for the third time the military rule in Mindanao from Dec. 31, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2019.

Medialdea said the imposition of martial law in Mindanao has resulted in the “reduction of the capabilities of different terrorist groups, particularly the neutralization of 685 members of the local terrorist groups (LTG) and 1,073 members of the communist terror group (CTG); dismantling of seven guerilla fronts and weakening of nineteen others; surrender of unprecedented number of loose firearms,” among others.

“For all the foregoing reasons, I implore the Congress of the Philippines to further extend the proclamation of Martial Law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao for a period of one (1) year, from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019, or for such other period of time as the Congress may determine, in accordance with Section 18, Article VII of the 1987 Philippine Constitution,” Medialdea said in his four- page letter to Congress.

Mrs. Arroyo assured President Duterte that the House of Representatives will grant his request.