The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) submitted last week a recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the martial law in Mindanao.
Both agencies favor the extension of martial law in the region instead of lifting it on its scheduled term before the end of the year.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will request the Congress to extend the on-going martial law for one more year.
Based on the text message of Sec. Medialdea, the letter has already been signed by the Chief Executive pending submission to Congress.
The AFP initially stated that there is still a need for martial law in Mindanao because of reports regarding remaining Maute members, Abu Sayyaf and other terrorist groups merging together.
“Those who survived that siege still remain at large and are attempting to recover by recruiting other members of the society,” said AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla.
Another reason cited for the extension is the on-going violent attacks by members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
“There was a 2,000% increase in the amount on the effect of the violent incidents on business alone,” said Padilla.
The opposition of the administration expressed their disapproval and said that the martial rule extension would only hinder the Marawi residents from returning to their homes. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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