New reports earlier quoted Mr. Alvarez as saying he would convince other lawmakers to extend martial law's duration in Mindanao to the remainder of President Rodrigo R. Duterte's term.
Duterte, who was forced to cut short a state visit to Russian Federation when fighting broke out in Marawi, potentially courted controversy with his declaration of martial law, a sensitive subject for most Filipinos.
The possible extension of martial law in Mindanao will be among the crucial issues to be taken up when President Duterte and senators from the majority bloc meet next week, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said yesterday.
It said the government's handling of the ongoing crisis in Marawi is a "failure" and Duterte's reliance on the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police is "absurd".
Under the 1987 Constitution, there are safeguards against the abuse of martial law, such as a review by Congress and a 60-day limit.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said in an interview posted to his office's official Facebook page over the weekend that he would not lift #Martial Law on the strife-torn southern island of Mindanao until advised to do so by the armed forces.
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Mr. Duterte has maintained he wants the conflict to be over soon but his decision on whether or not to prolong martial law in Mindanao would depend on the recommendation of troops on the ground. "And that recommendation will make its way up to the Commander-in-Chief who will be provided an advance copy", he said. Martial law, even if warranted, even if there is factual basis for it, is never good for the country...
However, the court has yet to act on two other petitions filed against Proclamation No. 216 seeking to compel Congress to convene and deliberate on the declaration.
"We are sticking to some mission profiles that we were provided with at the very beginning of martial law", said the AFP spokesman Restituto Padilla. The police and military had attempted to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, the supposed "emir" in the Philippines of global terrorist group Islamic State.
"Civil and political rights continue to be violated by checkpoints, random searches by AFP soldiers, threats against the right to express views, and so on", the CPP said. In a daily briefing on July 10, the military reported that more than 450 terrorists, 39 civilians, and 89 military and police personnel have been killed in the siege, which shows no sign of abating despite military claims that the militants have been confined to a small area and reduced to less than 100 fighters.
About 300 civilians, including the terrorists' hostages, remain trapped in the battle zone, preventing state forces from going all-out against the enemies.