MANILA-- The decision of the House of Representatives and the Senate to extend by five months the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao will give the Philippine National Police (PNP) additional powers to enforce law and order in Marawi City.
"I am very thankful to Congress for extending Martial Law (in Mindanao) that will give us additional powers to enforce the law in the troubled land of Marawi City and the whole of Mindanao. It will be easier for us to maintain law, peace and order where Martial Law is prevailing," PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said Monday.
The 17th Congress, voting jointly,261,as against 18, affirmed the need to extend Presidential Proclamation Number 216 extending Martial Law and the suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus until Dec. 31 as initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte.
It was declared in effect in Mindanao after the Maute Group terrorists conducted a series of attacks in Marawi City following the botched attempt to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS "emir" in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon, last May 23.
Source: Philippines News Agency