DILG backs police recommendation to extend martial law

Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has proposed a one-year extension to martial law recommendation in Mindanao.

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.

Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said that the military is establishing protocols before the internally displaced persons can return to their homes.

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

"As far as I am concerned, there is a recommendation to similarly support the recommendation of Philippine National Police", Padilla said.

"Those who survived that siege still remain at large and are attempting to recover by recruiting other members of the society", Padilla said. "We can not allow another Marawi to happen", he said.

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. Congress, upon recommendation by the President, extended this to the end of the year.

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 retaking of Marawi last October, Duterte said he would await recommendation from the AFP and the PNP so that he could decide whether or not to keep Mindanao under martial law.

President Rodrigo Duterte (PRRD) placed the entire Mindanao under martial law for 60 days on the same day that fighting broke out.

On May 23, the Maute terror group staged attacks in Marawi City where they held hundreds of hostages, burned establishments and occupied several buildings after.

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