MANILA, Philippines — The existing martial law in Mindanao is set to end on the 31st of December.
With this, various groups opposing the military rule call on the government to no longer extend the proclamation.
They said martial law violates human rights particularly in the communities of Moros and Lumads.
The groups claim this is the reason why they want the military rule to end.
President Rodrigo Duterte initially said he will base his decision on the matter on the recommendations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP).
According to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, they based their recommendation on the current security situation of the country.
“Our recommendation is based on assessment not only covering the NPA’s, the assessment covers all threats. But of course you yourself, members of the media, have extensively reported about these atrocities by the NPA. So your coverage will speak for itself. We really have seen that there is an intensified action on the part of the NPA,” said Guerrero.
The AFP Chief of Staff, however, refused to reveal the contents of their recommendation, saying it will be the President himself who will decide on whether to extend the military rule or not.
However, when Guerrero was asked about the possibility of a nationwide martial law declaration, he has this to say…
“It’s always a possibility, everything is possible,” Guerrero added. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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