Martial Law Extension, Duterte wants AFP decision

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was relying to the military to help him to decide whether to extend Martial Law in Mindanao or not.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Duterte was waiting to AFP to make a decision as early as next week.

“I have had prior consultations with the AFP and the recommendation will be submitted to Malacañang next week,” Roque said.

Duterte’s decision would base upon the military’s situation in Marawi City which was liberated from the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists including its nearby towns and other provinces.

“The President will make a decision next week or the week after because Congress will go on recess on the 15th of December and as you know we cannot have an extension of Martial Law without the consent of Congress,” Roque said.

Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr. deputy commander of the Joint Task Group Ranao said “As far as TF Ranao is concerned, we do not make one,” he told the Inquirer by phone.

Brawner also support the decision of Duterte to extend Martial Law in Mindanao.

“Support it because it’s already working in Marawi. It will be to the advantage of residents because they already feel safe. We have talked to them and they told us that they would feel less safe without martial law.”

Eduardo Del Rosario chair of Task Force Bangon Marawi also backed the continued military rule in Mindanao.

Rosario added “As task force chairperson, my main concern is the security of the whole rehabilitation effort.”

On the other hand, Ms. Drieza Lininding of the Moro Consensus Group of Cagayan de Oro City said “Martial Law was the reason why many civilians fled Marawi in the early days aside from airstrikes, and it is still the reason why many (people), even in cleared areas, are afraid to return. There will be no true homecoming unless martial law is lifted.”

Lininding blamed that martial rule has deprived many homes that remains in the main battle area, while VIP and powerful persons were being toured around the area. Other homes have become a tourist spot for VIP of influential people, including celebrities.

On its post investigation report of the non government organization of Mindanao said more than 300 cases of human rights were violated by the soldiers during Marawi conflict after Pres. Duterte declared the Marawi crisis was liberated from terrorists attacks.

On the other hand Marawi Bishop Edwin Dela Peña was against for the imposition of Martial Law on the island of Mindanao from the start.

Dela Peña said ” I also did not favor the extension of martial law and was vocal about it.”

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