AFP, PNP recommend extension of martial law in Mindanao

President Duterte meets with Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia in Malacañang Wednesday

President Duterte meets with Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia in Malacañang Wednesday

This is the recommendation of the armed forces and the national police to President Rodrigo Duterte, officials said Friday.

"When asked what the basis for the one-year recommendation was, Cuy said in a text message: "(The) continuing threat from (the) terrorist groups and (the) rehabilitation of Marawi City".

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has recommended the extension of martial law in Mindanao, saying it is needed to decisively resolve the various armed threats in the south. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said in a press briefing in Malacanang. And martial law is also the reason why they are afraid to return, even in cleared areas, " Senate minority bloc members said.

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Padilla said, however, that he was "not privy" to other details as the military's recommendation was "separate and different from the recommendation of the police".

Padilla, however, said the threat from the Abu Sayyaf had been significantly reduced that there have been no recent kidnappings of foreign sailors from vessels passing through the country's southern waters.

Task Force Bangon Marawi chairman, retired Major General Eduardo del Rosario earlier revealed intelligence reports that the remaining members of the Maute group are conducting "massive recruitment", offering as high as P100,000 to each recruit.

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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. This will be official once approved by a regional trial court, according to the Human Security Act of 2007.

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.

Duterte declared a 60-day martial law in Mindanao on May 23 after militants professing allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) laid siege to Marawi City.

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"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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