Rappler's latest stories on mindanao martial law
The greatest danger in the repeated and poorly justified extension of martial law is that it’s a slippery slope to a similar declaration nationwide. Will Congress continue to throw all economic sense out the window?
(UPDATED) The hearings are scheduled for January 22 and 23
The opposition bloc in the House of Representatives tell the High Court that the extension of martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2019 'mocks' the 1987 Constitution
How can an election conducted under martial law in Duterte's own home region be free or fair at all?
Restricting 'the freedom of many because of the radical minds of [a] few is too much,' says one Mindanaoan
The Commission on Human Rights says the government can 'quell any threats without the need to invoke the extraordinary powers of martial law'
Extended military rule in Mindanao will allow the government to make 'substantial progress' in quelling 'rebellion' there, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo
'If there are indeed abuses as what other sectors claim to, why are we, Mindanaons, still craving for the continued implementation of martial law?' asks Misamis Occidental 2nd District Representative Henry Oaminal
Likening martial law to an antibiotic, Senate Minority Franklin Drilon says, 'It is resorted to only when ordinary over-the-counter drugs have ceased to work'
(UPDATED) This is the third extension of martial law in Mindanao granted to President Rodrigo Duterte
ACT Teachers Representative France Castro recalls her arrest in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, and what she described as 'laughable' charges of child abuse, human trafficking, and kidnapping were filed against her
Minority senators slam the government's reasoning that martial law makes it easy for the military, police, and local government units to carry out their mandate
Military chief Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr says there is also no allocation in the proposed 2019 budget for another year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao
Watch live on Rappler as the Senate and the House of Representatives convene in a joint session to decide on President Duterte's request to extend martial law
It’s beginning to look a lot like this administration is incapable of solving a problem, not because the AFP lacks the ability or the will to, but because the political leaders lack the political will or incentive to solve it
Half of the incumbent senators will no longer be in office by June. Can they still vote on the proposed one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao?
Congress is set to hold a joint session on Wednesday, December 12, to vote on the President's request
If lawmakers approve of this, Mindanao will be under martial law until December 31, 2019
The Department of National Defense, military, and police are united in recommending a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao
House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says the input of lawmakers from Mindanao 'will carry much weight during the deliberations' on another martial law extension in the region
Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast
Groups say martial law has supposedly led to an increase in fake charges and abuses against community members
'There is really a clamor for the extension considering that the terrorism is still lurking in the area,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr
'I know na ito ang makakabuti dito sa amin. We are thankful na may martial law,' says Tacurong City Mayor Lina Montilla in supporting the third extension of martial law in the region
'Walang gumagamit ng Human Security Act,' says Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año
AFP chief Carlito Galvez Jr supports another extension of martial law to make victory 'complete' and achievements in Mindanao 'irreversible'
Extending martial law in Mindanao until after the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite on January 21, 2019, could help ensure its success, says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza
Maranao leader and senatorial hopeful Samira Gutoc says peace movements at the grassroots, coupled with help from government, will help bring peace in Mindanao
How will Samira Gutoc show the rest of the country that a Maranao like her can help address their most pressing problems – from high prices of goods to extrajudicial killings?
'Kasi meron din tayong problema sa Luzon eh, meron ding mga affected areas, communist-affected areas sa Luzon,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año
Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says he has received feedback from Mindanaoans wanting to prolong military rule in the island region
The Philippine National Police recommends another extension of martial law in Mindanao
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says a martial law extension in Mindanao will help secure the May 2019 elections and the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law in January
When the senatorial campaigns kick off, check the candidates' claims against this list of issues that have so far made headlines in 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law is supposed to end on December 31, 2018
But the Conflict Alert 2018 report also points out that the Duterte administration's heavy security approach will not be enough to address violent conflicts in the southern region
Despite martial law in Mindanao, PNP spokesman Benigno Durana, says 'obviously, there were gaps in the security measures'
House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya also says extending martial law is Malacañang's call. 'If the President will ask for it, then it shall be given.'
(UPDATED) Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says his position may change in the next few months
'Where's our assurance that if we extend martial law, it would prevent violence in Mindanao?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo
'Wala naman kasing masamang dinudulot ang martial law doon,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde
(4th UPDATE)Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says the deadly explosion is a worrisome development given that Mindanao is still under martial law
'The majority’s decision in this case aligns us towards the same dangerous path. It erodes this Court’s role as our society’s legal conscience,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
'This precedent dangerously suggests a perpetual violation of people's constitutional rights,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa in his dissenting opinion on the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao
The lawmaker says the SC's decision could 'embolden' Duterte in 'flaunting the rule of law because he can seek refuge behind the robes of majority of the Supreme Court justices'
The SC majority says safeguards remain, and cites legal remedies for human rights like writs of amparo and habeas data
(5th UPDATE) The Supreme Court votes 10-5 after oral arguments in January, where petitioners tried to argue that the 1987 Constitution does not provide any legal basis for a re-extension
‘The issue is a political question that judicial review cannot delve into,’ says Solicitor General Jose Calida
Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin tells Christian Monsod, a drafter of the 1987 Constitution, that current version of the constitution has been ‘emasculated’