Another year of martial law in Mindanao?

15-Nov-2019 Intellasia | PhilStar | 7:36 AM Print This Post

Gen. Noel Clement, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff, says Thursday that the military is considering recommending the extension martial law in select areas of Mindanao, where martial law has been in place since May 2017.

Clement visited the Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Zamboanga City and assessed the current security situation in the southern Philippines following a recent spike in terror threats launched by foreign militants hiding with the Abu Sayyaf group.

Clement says the military will conduct a thorough assessment and hold consultations with local officials and communities to see “if they still wish to continue the implementation of the martial law.”

“But, right now, as we see it, because of the big improvement, we might make an assessment and if ever we will recommend for the lifting of the martial law there might be some areas that we will continue its implementation,” Clement says.

Clement agrees with the observations of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana that martial law has been enforced in Mindanao for a long time now.


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