Several groups decried the extension of the military rule in the country’s South.

Contrary to lawmakers’ claim of maintaining peace, Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said its continued enforcement will drag the people of Mindanao “to greater peril.”

This, as she cited the thousands of people killed and illegally arrested by the military in Mindanao when it was placed under military rule in May 2017.

Meanwhile, Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes also slammed the extension saying it violated the Constitution — as there is no actual rebellion nor invasion in Mindanao.

On Wednesday, Congress, in a joint session, in a vote of 235-28-1 approved President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao from Jan.1 to Dec. 1, 2019.

The chief executive earlier requested Congress to extend the imposition of military rule in Mindanao amid the alleged ongoing atrocities in the area and to prevent rebellion from escalating to other parts of the country.