Arroyo on SC nod on martial law extension: ‘It’s good, we’re very happy’
MANILA, Philippines — A visibly elated House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo lauded on Tuesday the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the extension of martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2019.
“Oh, it’s good, we’re very happy because we voted to extend it,” the Pampanga 2nd District congresswoman told reporters after emerging from a Department of Public Works and Highways briefing at the House premises where Passi, Iloilo’s flood-control system masterplan and other issues on its flood-control system were tackled.
Earlier in the day, the High Tribunal voted 9-4 to uphold Congress’ third extension of martial law in the southern region, thereby junking the four petitions that challenged the constitutionality of the extension.
On Dec. 12, 2018, Congress granted President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in the South for another year despite protests by human rights groups and Filipinos from Mindanao.
The Chief Executive first declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017, after the Islamic State-inspired Maute terrorist group attacked Marawi City. He asked Congress for an extension until December of the same year.
The President later requested another extension until the end of 2018 despite the government’s declaration of an end to fierce urban fighting in the war-torn area. /ee
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