PNP seeks ML extension to arrest narco-politicians, Maute supporters

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 17, 2017

Martial Law in Mindanao was declared following Maute Group attacks in Marawi City last May 23.

Narco-politicians who remain at large and the proliferation of loose firearms in Mindanao were cited as the major reasons by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in recommending an extension to martial law.

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

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.

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.

"We will have to wait for the President's final decision on the matter", he said. "The President has a lot more to consider", Lorenzana said.

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 refused to give additional details so as not to "pre-empt" any announcement, but maintained that he will "fully trust" the President's judgment.

"While we have already begun laying the foundation for the reconstruction, recovery, and rehabilitation of Marawi City through community engagement, coordination with various agencies and making post disaster assessments, we earnestly look forward to the end of fighting because we want our Maranao brothers and sisters who have left their homes to go back, reconstitute their interrupted lives and partner with us on how we can best rebuild Marawi into a better and more lovely city", Lorenzana said.

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