AFP cool on 5 years of martial law

AFP cool on 5 years of martial law

AFP cool on 5 years of martial law

"Aided by the principled and properly guided implementation of Martial Law, the collapse of the terrorists support infrastructure is assured", Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement.

Duterte imposed military rule over the region on May 23 after Islamist militants seized the city of Marawi, saying the move was necessary to contain the conflict and prevent other armed groups from taking advantage of the situation.

Duterte, who was forced to cut short a state visit to Russian Federation when fighting broke out in Marawi, potentially courted controversy with his declaration of martial law, a sensitive subject for most Filipinos.

President Rodrigo Duterte said he would heed the advice of the military and police as to when martial law in Mindanao should be lifted.

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In fact, he said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is finalizing the preparation for the deployment of "well-experienced" engineers for its Engineering Units to help in the rehabilitation process particularly in the restoration of public infrastructures such as school building, mosques, multi-purpose centers, farm-to-market roads and health centers, among others.

For his part, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto C. Abella said of Mr. Alvarez's remarks that the Speaker has "clarified that his remarks to extend martial law until 2022 is his personal opinion".

In denouncing the planned extension, the CPP pointed out that Duterte claims he listens exclusively to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for advice on the on-going conflict, but military officials claimed they never advised the president to declare martial law.

As to Speaker Alvarez's basis in proposing for an extension, Padilla said he might have information at hand not privy to the military.

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"It is imbecilic to seek advi (c) e from the AFP whose officers now admit it did not even know the strength of the so-called Maute Group when the AFP laid siege on Marawi", the CPP said.

It said at least 5,000 people also evacuated from their communities since May due to AFP operations, while civil and political rights continue to be violated by checkpoints, random searches by AFP soldiers and threats against the right to express views.

From the original number of forces of about 500, the military said the number of terrorists still holed up in the city is now down to about 80.

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Meanwhile, 1,722 civilians who were held hostage or trapped in the main battle were either rescued or brought out of harms way.

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