AFP, PNP recommend extension of martial law in Mindanao

Evarado Alatorre
Diciembre 8, 2017

Martial law, together with the air strikes, was the reason why they fled Marawi in the early days of the Maute siege.

"The recommendation, I don't have the details of as to the length, but as far as I am concerned, there is a recommendation to similarly support the recommendation of the Philippine National Police", Padilla said.

This is due to security threats and the ongoing rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City, Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Catalino Cuy told CNN Philippines.

The political oppositionists in the 24-member Senate made their stand known following a recommendation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police (PNP) that martial law be extended in the whole of Mindanao for one year. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said in a press briefing in Malacanang.

He said the recommendation has been submitted to Malacañang by Defense Secretary and martial law administrator Delfin Lorenzana.

"They still remain to be a threat, although they have been significantly degraded in terms of capability and manpower", Padilla said.

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Martial law in Mindanao is set to end on December 31.

The AFP spokesman said the government also had to prepare to face increasing violence from the New People's Army following the termination by Duterte of formal peace talks with the communists.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte will make a decision before December 15 whether to lift or ask for martial law extension before Congress. Congress, which has to give consent, will go on recess on the 15th.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23, as fighting broke between state forces and Islamic State-inspired Maute militants in Marawi City.

Minority senators Bam Aquino, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Kiko Pangilinan, and Antonio Trillanes said they are ready to oppose any move to extend military rule in Mindanao beyond 2017.

"After the pronounced liberation of Marawi and the announced focus on rehabilitation and trade, what will be the role of the people of Marawi in the planning and rehabilitation of their city?"

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