The House’s 2nd highest official is prepared to back an extension of martial law in Mindanao if President Duterte wants it.
House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas made the statement when asked by media about calls to extend martial law in Mindanao.
Farinas said in a statement, “If the President requests Congress to extend his proclamation or suspension on the ground that the rebellion is still persisting and public safety requires it, I shall support him. Pres. Duterte has shown that he is true to his oath to support and defend the Constitution, and our people continue to express their trust and confidence in him.
We should all support him, as well as the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police and all government authorities in alleviating the sufferings of our people in Mindanao.”
Farinas explained that the imposition of Martial Law is an act of the Commander-in-Chief, subject to its revocation by the Congress and review by the SC of the sufficiency of its factual basis.
Farinas likewise said that the Congress and the Supreme Court have both determined that the proclamation of Martial Law in Mindanao by the President is proper.
The original declaration last May 23 would lapse on its 60th day later this month.
under the 1987 Constitution, a martial law declaration can be extended past 60 days by the President if he gets the consent of Congress.
President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao to curb the spread of terrorism under the Maute group.