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CamSur Rep. Andaya: House to concur with Martial Law extension if Duterte asks for it

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Duterte wants it? Then he will get it.

Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya, Jr. said that the House of Representatives will give its concurrence to the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao if President Rodrigo Duterte asks for it.

“If the President will ask for it, then chances are it shall be given,” House majority leader Andaya said in a statement.

Andaya said that the House’s nod will be “expedited” if the military will vow to respect the rights of the people.

“The concurrence will be expedited if the military and the police will renew their commitment to respect the constitutional rights of every individual in the territory covered by the declaration, said Andaya.

“The inputs and views of the congressmen from Mindanao, who represent the people directly affected, will carry much weight during the deliberations,” he added.

Meanwhile, President Duterte has yet to decide on the recommendation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to extend martial law in Mindanao.

“Not yet. It has not — or the papers have not yet been submitted to me,” Duterte told reporters last Monday.

The President also said that decision to extend or lift martial law in rests on the hands of the military and the police.

“It will depend on the recommendation of the military and the police. They are the guys on the ground. I’m here in Pasig River. I am not aware of the nitty-gritty happenings all over the country,” Duterte said.