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Duterte gets recommendations seeking martial law extension

“Congress has to discuss and consider the actual parameters to extend martial law and suspension of the privilege writ of habeas corpus”, Abella said in a text message.”It is precisely of our system of checks and balances that the duration of any declaration of martial law has been limited, and that any possible extension is subject to review and deliberation of Congress in joint session”, he said.Martial law is now in place over the entire Mindanao islands because of the violence, which has so far killed more than 500 people.Duterte signed Proclamation No. 216 declaring martial law in Mindanao and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the entire island due to the insurgency in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur on May 23, 2017 while on an official visit to Russian Federation.However, Duterte, in an ambush interview in Malacañang Monday evening said he has not yet read the recommendation submitted by the DND to him on Thursday.The military rule is set to lapse on July 22.The law, details of which were not immediately available, calls for the creation of a self-administered territory within what the Philippines called Bangsamoro, meaning “Moro nation”, referring to the southern Muslims that Spanish colonialists called “Moros”.The President is expected to announce his decision before that day.Meanwhile, top defence and police officials confirmed they urged Duterte to extend martial law in restive Mindanao to enable them to deal with continuing terrorist threats and the arrest of their supporters.”I am for this”, Duterte said to applause from officials and the insurgents, who came in business suits.”May I say to you my brothers”.”Basta maghintay na yan sila dyan (They will just have to wait). What the use of declaring?”AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, Jr. told reporters last week that they expect the submission of the recommendation to the President in one week.”We can not disclose our recommendation because ‘yung sa amin, military aspect lang ‘yun (ours is only the military aspect)”, he said.Other factors that President Duterte will weigh are the reports of other agencies of the government, including that from the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police, he added.This was bared by PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa during a press briefing in Camp Crame, Quezon City, Monday.Rebels inspired by Islamic State have occupied the commercial heart of Marawi City, on Mindanao, through seven weeks of air strikes and battles with government troops that have killed more than 500 people and displaced 260,000, marking the country’s biggest security crisis in years.