Duterte: Marawi remains critical

Gladys Abbott
July 9, 2017

But in Duterte's case involving Marawi, both the House and the Senate decided not to convene in a joint session and instead adopted separate resolutions supporting the President's declaration of martial law.

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said they need a couple more weeks to determine whether they would recommend an extension of the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao. "Those who can say that it isn't critical anymore, it's the Armed Forces and the police", Duterte said. "And I can not do it physically even", he said.

The proclamation placed the entire island of Mindanao under martial law for a period of 60 days.

"So, I have to rely", Duterte said, "on the military and police can tell me if it is no longer critical", referring to General Eduardo Ano, the chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Director General Ronald dela Rosa, the head of the Philippine National Police. Duterte declared it on May 23 and it would expire before on the weekend before he delivers his July 24 state of the nation address (SONA).

The Constitution provides the President can only declare martial law and suspend the writ of habeas corpus in cases of rebellion, invasion or when public safety requires it.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 4, affirmed the constitutionality of Proclamation No. 216.

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After bad weather forced him to abort his visit to the battle-scarred Marawi City on Friday, President Duterte said he needed to go back to be with the troops and show his solidarity with them "in our desire to protect the republic". I should show my face there. According to Presidential Communications Office (PCO) "he assured the troops of the government's unwavering support".

Duterte told reporters that the objective of visiting the soldiers in Iligan was to be with the fighting forces of the government.

An earlier attempt to visit Marawi City was also called off due to security concerns. The last time, I was not able to go in because also of the weather.

Duterte had said that he would wait for the recommendation of the police and military before making a decision.

Explaining why he did not make it to Marawi the second time around, Duterte explained that "we were circling many times but could not penetrate" the cloud cover because of a squall. Dito naman ngayon, ganon rin ang nangyari.

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