Martial law in south: Top security officials explain to senators

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Some of the country's top security officials, like Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, faced senators on Monday to inform them of the situation in the embattled city of Marawi and the whole of Mindanao as well.

In a closed-door session, they explained to the lawmakers why President Rodrigo Duterte had to declare martial law in the area.

Esperon said that armed threats were coming from various fronts — front bandit groups and lawless elements, communist rebels and even drug syndicates.

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He said majority of the senators were supportive of the martial law declaration, but opposition lawmakers would resort to all means to stop it.

Minority senators have filed a resolution to convene Congress in a joint session and discuss martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.

Sen. Sonny Trillanes might move to revoke the declaration.

Senate President Koko Pimentel said the chamber would draft a resolution that would be discussed in plenary the next day, Tuesday. Also expected to be tackled on that day is the resolution to convene a joint session with the House of Representatives.

All resolutions will go through the usual legislative process. That means they will be referred to the appropriate committees so they can be scheduled for hearing.

The Senate has to finish all this before the end of the regular session on Wednesday.

CNN Philippines' Cecille Lardizabal contributed to this report.