Duterte to NPA: If you want to help ISIS, go ahead but…

He said the USA military had the technology for gathering information and intelligence in Marawi City and has provided these to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“They exercise the power, not only sequentially, but in a sense jointly since, after the President has initiated the proclamation or the suspension, only the Congress can maintain the same based on its own evaluation of the situation on the ground, a power that the President does not have”, according to the Supreme Court decision.

Reyes said there is a need to investigate the role of the United States in the clashes between government troops and the extremist Maute group, which happened while Duterte was in Russian Federation for an official visit.

If Duterte will make good his warning, Agcaoili said it would mean termination of the peace negotiations, explaining it is a violation of the 1995 Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) that prevents the state forces from arresting any person covered by it and can not be charged in court “to be able to freely participate and promote peace process in the country”.

To support the declaration of martial law, they cited a series of violent acts committed by the Maute Group such as the attack on the military output in Butig, Lanao del Sur, in February 2016 and the recent incident where the group took over a hospital in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, in May 23, 2017.

“That’s why I mentioned in passing that if there is a transfer of venue from Mindanao to the Visayas and to make it easy for the Philippines to challenge the new engagements I will be forced to declare the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, not martial law”, he said.

“We expect the impact on economic activity from the crisis in Marawi to be minimal and short-lived”, said Christian de Guzman, vice president and senior credit officer at Moody’s. “We end martial law right there and then”, he said. “I am one of those who are really hurrying it up”, the President said.

In an earlier post, Hilbay clarified that opposing the martial law is not in any way opposing the action of the military in going after the Maute and other terrorist groups.

Meanwhile, the Senate Minority Bloc filed a separate resolution to convene the Congress in a joint session to deliberate on Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. They were met by a strong military response, however, eventually leading to the arrest or death of the Islamist militants. You can hardly talk to the fools and to the stupid. “Marami akong sundalong patay, marami akong pulis na patay [I have many dead soldiers, I have many dead police]”, Duterte said. The Philippines’ 1987 constitution allows Filipino leaders to declare it only when there is a “rebellion and invasion”.

The order also highlighted the role of the media in “ensuring the timely dissemination of true and correct information to the public”.

In a video apparently taken under duress by militants, Father Teresito Suganob said his captors wanted the military to withdraw its forces from Marawi, where Islamic militants still hold pockets of territory after a week of gunbattles with the army.

“It hit our troops. there must be some mistake there”, said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. The announcement provoked a flurry of criticisms, including from leading legislators, who argued that a nationwide Martial Law is a step too far.

“The Martial Law Administrator, the Martial Law Implementor, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other law enforcement agencies shall implement this order within the limits of prescribed by the Constitution and existing laws, rules and regulations”, the order said.

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