The League of Provinces of the Philippines supported the declaration of martial law in Mindanao by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last 23 May 2017 under Proclamation No. 216, which will lapse on July 22 in line with the 60-day limit under the 1987 Constitution.
Article VII, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution reads: “Upon the initiative of the President, the Congress may in the same manner, extend such proclamation or suspension for a period to be determined by the Congress if the invasion or rebellion shall persist and public safety requires it.”
As local chief executives, we are firm in our resolve to support and ensure the success of this proactive action being taken by the Duterte administration to totally and completely address the “forces within” Mindanao. We are cognizant of the urgent need for the extension to allow our government forces to continue with their operation, unhampered by deadlines and to focus more on the liberation of Marawi and its rehabilitation and rebuilding.
We, therefore, reiterate our support to President Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao and for Congress’ extension of the same pursuant to Article VII, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution Let us continue to pray for peace and stability not only in Mindanao but for the entire country.
So help us God.
Done this 19th day of July 2017 in Manila.
(SGD) GOV. AL FRANCIS C. BICHARA (SGD) GOV. RYAN LUIS V. SINGSON
National Chairman National President
Province of Albay Province of Ilocos Sur