Saturday, August 8, 2020

Pres. Duterte To Heed Ground Commanders’ Recommendation On Martial Law

MOST READ

President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision on the possible lifting or another extension of martial rule in Mindanao would depend on the recommendation of military ground commanders in the region, Malacañang said.

“Depende (It depends),” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace media briefing.

“‘Di ba palagi niyang sinasabi, depende ‘yun sa rekomendasyon ng mga ground forces (He always says it depends on the recommendation of ground forces, isn’t it?)” he added.

Panelo could not confirm whether the Commander-in-Chief is once again bent on asking Congress to extend martial law in the southern Philippines.

This comes after presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte sought the lifting of martial law in Davao City.

In a letter sent to the Office of the President on August 7, the mayor requested the city’s exemption from the declaration of military rule.

Panelo believes that the younger Duterte is not seeking “special treatment,” as she is only heeding the recommendation of the Davao police to lift the implementation of martial law in the city.

He likewise stressed that the President has the final say on his daughter’s request.

“Meron silang mga (They have) reasons for so doing. It was even recommended by the regional PNP (Philippine National Police) there. Tingnan natin kung anong magiging position ni Presidente (Let’s see what the President’s position will be),” Panelo said.

The siege laid by the Islamic State-inspired Maute group on May 23, 2017, prompted the Chief Executive to place the whole of Mindanao under martial law.

Section 18, Article 7 of the 1987 Constitution states that a president can declare martial law and suspend the writ of habeas corpus for a period not exceeding 60 days, in case of invasion or rebellion.

It also provides that such proclamation of martial law or suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus can either be revoked or extended for a period determined by Congress through joint voting.

Congress extended the initial 60-day martial rule thrice upon the President’s recommendation to help state forces quell the insurgency in Mindanao.

The martial law in the southern part of the country is set to expire on December 31 this year. (PNA)

Photo Credit: facebook.com/pnp.pio

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest News

Usec. Paje: DSWD Prepared If Lawmakers Push For SAP 3

DSWD said it is prepared in case lawmakers decide to forward the third batch of emergency subsidy to low-income families who were affected by COVID-19.

Galvez: One Hospital Command Center To Reduce COVID-19 Death Rate

The government will intensify its efforts in reducing the mortality rate of COVID-19 patients by establishing the "One Hospital Command” system.

Guv. Garcia: Cebu Allots P105-M To Help Pandemic-Affected MSMEs

Cebu City is allotting PHP105 million to provide financial assistance to distressed MSMEs affected by the pandemic.

Mayor Isko Allots P200-M For COVID-19 Vaccine Once Available

Mayor Isko signs an ordinance allocating PHP200 million for the immediate procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for all Manileños.

Sen. Gatchalian: Ensure Learners With Disabilities’ Access To Health Care Services

Gatchalian urges DepEd to ensure that learners with disabilities continue to receive access to therapies and other health care and rehabilitation services.

Spox. Roque: Palace Distances From Proposal To Regulate Socmed Under Anti-Terror Law

“Opinyon po ‘yan si Gen. Gapay. Binasa ko naman po ang anti-terror law, wala pong probisyon dun na magagamit laban sa social media."

Sen. Go: Involve More Experts In Battle Vs. COVID-19

"Pakinggan po natin ang mga hinaing ng iba’t ibang grupo tulad nitong mga nasa medical community."

House OKs Medical Scholarship Bill On 2nd Reading

House Bill 6756 that aims to grant scholarships among deserving medical students, gets second approval from the House of Representatives.

Mayor Fernandez Appeals For More Organized Transport Of LSIs

"I hope that the national government, the national IATF can put up a coordinating team in Manila; per province, there is a desk that will manage locally stranded individuals."

Pres. Duterte Stance Remains ‘Friend To All, Enemy To None’

Roque assures the country that PRRD continues to conform to the “friend to all, enemy to none” independent foreign policy by avoiding tensions with other countries.