Martial law 'till 2022? Only speaker's opinion - Palace

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"Why are some senators and representatives talking about extending martial law in Mindanao when the President has not even officially initiated such extension?" said Lagman.

The President declared martial law in Mindanao after government troops clashed with members of the Maute Group and the Abu Sayyaf Group in Marawi City on May 23. But this early, the military is hinting military rule should not last until 2022.

He added: "I don't know the basis of our Speaker for calling the extension of martial law because extending this is a political decision".

The SWS findings also followed a Supreme Court (SC) decision released on Tuesday, which affirmed the constitutionality of Duterte's martial law declaration as it threw out a consolidated petition filed by opposition lawmakers questioning its validity.

While generally expressing support for government efforts to defeat the terrorists, critics of Duterte's martial law declaration said that besides the potential for human rights abuses, the measure could have a chilling effect on foreign investment and tourism in the Philippines.

Alvarez said he is ready to marshal his fellow legislators for the objective of extending martial law "in order to give this administration enough time to resolve the problem of terrorism in Mindanao".

Yet the urban warfare, despite being under a regime of martial law, has dragged on for seven weeks - surpassing the three-week siege of Zamboanga City in 2013.

In fact, he said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is finalizing the preparation for the deployment of "well-experienced" engineers for its Engineering Units to help in the rehabilitation process particularly in the restoration of public infrastructures such as school building, mosques, multi-purpose centers, farm-to-market roads and health centers, among others.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his previous speeches, said that he would rely on the recommendation of the military whether to extend his martial law proclamation in Mindanao.

Mindanao under martial law will turn on its 60th day on July 22.

Padilla said the government is ready to start the early stage of rehabilitation of the besieged city. They will assess whether or not military operations in Marawi have been effective.

The country's Social Weather Stations survey showed this week Duterte, who has been accused of crimes against humanity during his term as mayor of Davao, has attained an approval rating of 67 percent, or "very good", according to local news service Rappler.

The ongoing battle, which broke out on May 23, to retake the city has damaged many houses and buildings and has so far killed 507, including 379 terrorists, 39 civilians and 89 soldiers and policemen.

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