Martial Law extended till December, Lobregat votes in favor PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 July 2017 11:31

By Dexter Yap

After more than eight hours in joint session, Congress granted Saturday President Duterte’s request for an extension of Martial law in Mindanao for another six months or until December 31 this year.

Zamboanga First District Congressman Celso Lobregat expressed support for the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao as a response to the continued violence in Marawi city.

“If the extension of Martial law will lessen one day the war in Marawi, if it will lessen the suffering of civilians for even less than one day, and if the extension will save one more life, let us give the President, the police and the military the chance to do so,” Lobregat manifested on the floor.

Lobregat also cited various human rights violations committed by terrorist groups in Mindanao, which he thinks government should not set aside.

The Senate and the House of Representatives voted 261-18 to approve the extension of Martial Law, which President Rodrigo Duterte imposed last May 26 through Proclamation 216.  The order also suspended the Writ of Habeas Corpus.

Under the Constitution, any extension of Martial Law declaration must be approved by Congress in joint session.  The joint session last Saturday was held on the last day of the effectivity of Proclamation 216.  (Dexter Yap)