Duterte to decide on martial law recommendation by July 22

17 Juillet, 2017, 15:50 | Author: Come Portier
  • President urged to extend martial law in Philippines

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has batted for the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao in order to give them more time and opportunity to arrest alleged narco-politicians and personalities who openly support Maute Group terrorists activities in Marawi City.

This recommendation is contained in the position paper they submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday.

On May 23, Duterte placed the besieged region under martial rule after Islamic State-inspired Maute terror groups laid siege to Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province in an attempt to establish Caliphate for Jihadist fighters in Southeast Asia.

The defense department said in a statement on Sunday that it has submitted its recommendation to President Duterte last July 13.

Defense chief and martial law administrator Delfin Lorenzana confirmed submission of the recommendation to the presidential office, which includes input from both the police and military.

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"We will have to wait for the president's final decision on the matter", Lorenzana was quoted by ABS-CBN news as saying. The 15-day timeline he sough to address the problem in war-torn city is beyond the 60-day period of martial law implementation in Mindanao.

Lorenzana declined, however, to say what exactly the DND recommended, as he did not wish to preempt the President.

Soldiers partol the gate of the Marawi City Hall.

"While we have already begun laying the foundation for the reconstruction, recovery, and rehabilitation of Marawi City through community engagement, coordination with various agencies and making post disaster assessments, we earnestly look forward to the end of fighting because we want our Maranao brothers and sisters who have left their homes to go back, reconstitute their interrupted lives and partner with us on how we can best rebuild Marawi into a better and more attractive city", Lorenzana said.

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