Despite the two bomb explosions that killed 14 people in Basan and Sultan Kudarat in less than a month, Malacañang said it was too early to discuss the possible extension of martial law in Mindanao.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque noted that the martial law on the island would not expire until December.
"It is too early as the president [will ask] Congress to extend the martial law there, and this will be based on the army's recommendation, "he said.
Earlier, executive secretary Salvador Medialdea said that the possible expansion of the military regime in Mindanao was an option after Tuesday's blast in Sultan Kudarat who killed three people and injured 36 others.
Mindanao was placed under martial law in May 2017 after Islamic state-inspired jihadist groups besieged against Marawi City. This was extended until December 31 of this year.
Medialdea's remark has been criticized by legislators and human rights organizations.
Former attorney general Florin Hilbay reminded Mr. Duterte points out that about 70,000 Filipinos have been victims of human rights violations during Marcos' martial law.
"With the way his administration is running, it seems that Mr. Duterte would overshadow this number before his term ends," said Hilbay. – REPORTS FROM JULIE M. AURELIO AND MARLON RAMOS
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