Loren­zana sub­mits mar­tial law rec­om­men­da­tion

Tempo - - News - (Ar­gyll Cyrus B. Ge­ducos)

Mala­cañang yes­ter­day con­firmed that Pres­i­dent Duterte has re­ceived the De­part­ment of Na­tional De­fense rec­om­men­da­tion on the ex­ten­sion of mar­tial law in Min­danao.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Ernesto Abella said the rec­om­men­da­tion was submitted to Duterte by De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana last Thurs­day and is now be­ing stud­ied by the Pres­i­dent.

“The Pres­i­dent will go through and will make a de­ci­sion on the mat­ter. As we all know, the Pres­i­dent lis­tens. He also con­sid­ers not only the po­si­tion of the mil­i­tary and the po­lice, but also the in­ter­ests of vi­tal stake­hold­ers,” Abella said. “He al­ready pre­sented. It has to be stud­ied by the Pres­i­dent. It is be­ing stud­ied by the Pres­i­dent,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to Abella, the Pres­i­dent will most likely make his de­ci­sion on whether or not to lift or ex­tend mar­tial law in Min­danao be­fore his Procla­ma­tion No. 216 ex­pires on July 22.

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