- Mayor Sara Duterte said martial law extension would depend on the Palace, the AFP and the PNP
- Medialdea earlier floated the idea of extending martial law in Mindanao following the bombing in Sultan Kudarat on Tuesday
- Authorities have yet to determine the motive and the group behind the latest violence
MANILA, Philippines – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said on Wednesday the decision on whether martial law in Mindanao should be extended following the recent explosion in Sultan Kudarat would still depend on the Malacañang Palace, as well as on the military and the police.
Duterte’s statement came after Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said the latest violence could be the basis for extending the military rule in the region beyond 2018.
“We follow the decision of the OP, AFP and PNP because they are better informed by the intelligence units on the need to extend martial law in Mindanao,” said the presidential daughter.
There were at least three confirmed fatalities in the Tuesday bombing in the town of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat as per ABS-CBN News.
The improvised bomb exploded near a motorbike in Barangay Kalawag 3 as the town celebrate its annual Hamungaya Festival past 8 pm.
Authorities are still investigating the motive and group behind the bombing.
Martial law was declared in Mindanao by President Rodrigo Duterte in the heat of the Marawi siege in May 2017.
It was later approved both by Congress and the Supreme Court to be extended until the end of 2018 despite opposition from critics.