Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued the Proclamation No. 216. It is the 2017 proclamation of martial law and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao.
President Duterte’s declaration of martial law was met with polarized views from the citizens especially in Mindanao region, that’s one of the reasons why the said request of extension occurs. On the other hand, as government forces continue to track down terrorists who survived the crisis experienced in Marawi, President Duterte is requesting a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao.
In a statement earlier last Sunday (December 11, 2017) “Recommendation is one year” by the executive Secretary Medialdea, President Rodrigo agreed with it. And with the fact that although Marawi was declared liberated last October, clearing operations in the main battle area continue and it has been said that threats remain in Mindanao. That’s why, President Duterte was eager to request for an extension of martial law.
At the joint session of Congress held at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel II said “One part of the senate, 14 senators voted in the affirmative, 4 in the negative. No one abstained”.
Although Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senators Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan and Bam Aquino were against about the aforementioned extension, the request was still granted.