Decision to extend martial law up to Duterte - Palace

by Antonio Miles July 12, 2017, 0:25
Decision to extend martial law up to Duterte - Palace

The islamist insurgency in Marawi city, in the Muslim-majority island of Mindanao, first started on May 23 when hundreds of gunmen believed to belong to local militant groups pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State militant group (ISIS).

Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said 381 militants, 90 soldiers and policemen and 39 civilians have been killed in the fierce street-to-street fighting.

In the light of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez dropping more than just hints tilting toward an extension of up to five years for the martial law declared over the whole of Mindanao, several quarters, not the least of which is the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), have come out with a perspective that is not entirely synchronous.

Lorenzana, a retired military general and martial law administrator, could not say how long will it take to rebuild Marawi, as he revealed that he will use the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) "as the vehicle to implement the rehabilitation of Marawi because we consider the events in Marawi as man-made disaster". "Most importantly, they have not been involved in any operation to hurt civilians", Oruc said.

Martial law, even if warranted, even if there is factual basis for it, is never good for the country...

President Duterte earlier said he would depend on the military assessment on whether martial law will be lifted or extended.

The Supreme Court has ruled that President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law is legal but some justices said it should have been limited to Marawi City.

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Martial Law in Mindanao was declared night time of May 23 shortly after the attack of the Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City.

"The declaration of Martial Law goes out of effect at the end of 60 days and the recommendation and decision to extend it must (be) done before it ends", Padilla said.

However, the June survey also found that 63 percent disagreed with the statement, "President Duterte should also declare martial law in the Visayas".

"We continuously get disturbing narratives from [escaped residents] that children as well as hostages are being employed in the firefight", Padilla said. This is nothing like the Marcos martial law at all.

"No, I did not", Mr Duterte said when asked during a media briefing if he had indeed, as Reuters reported, pushed for talks with the Maute group of militants battling government troops for control of Marawi.

Mr. Pimentel said Mr. Alvarez, who drew criticism with his proposal, was merely "telegraphing" his "personal position".

"Prior to martial law, I know for a fact that many (businessmen) wanted to invest in Mindanao considering the President is from there and he is really pushing for more investment in the region", he said.

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