PNP cites narco-politicians, loose firearms as reasons for recommending ML extension

Alain Brian
Juillet 17, 2017

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.

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

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.

He said what the police and the military have submitted would just serve as a guide for the President.

The imposition of martial law in Mindanao is set to be lifted on July 22 when it reaches the 60 day allowable period by the 1987 Constitution.

On Saturday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that he has already submitted to Malacañang his recommendation, which included inputs from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.

"We will have to wait for the president's final decision on the matter", Lorenzana was quoted by ABS-CBN news as saying.

He is also the designated chairperson of the Task Force Bangon Marawi to oversee the rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts of the government in the war-torn city.

Lorenzana, administrator of martial law in the south, did not spill further details regarding his recommendation to Duterte but said he "fully trust [s]" the Commander in Chief's judgment.

"There is still a lot of work to do but I am very confident that together, as one nation, we can all help Marawi rise up from the ashes of conflict and be a better place", Lorenzana added.

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