Duterte Eager to Prolong Martial Law in Philippines' South for 1 Year

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Extend martial law – Duterte

But opposition lawmaker, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman rejected Duterte's request for Congress to extend martial law in Southern Philippines for one more year.

The region, with a population of 22 million, has been under martial law since May 23, 2017, when Islamist militants linked to the Daesh terrorist group seized three-fourths of the southern city of Marawi.

Fierce fighting broke out as Philippine forces retake the city from the clutches of the militants, prompting Duterte to ask Congress in July to extend the military rule to December 31, 2017.

President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.

He said whatever would be Duterte's decision, the paramount concern would be the security of the people, particularly the Mindanaoans "in the face of threats and the use of available means under the law to fight them".

The Department of the Interior and Local Government had confirmed that the Philippine National Police requested a one year-extension of martial law.

In a letter to lawmakers released by his office, Duterte said extending martial law was necessary in the southern region of Mindanao to contain an ongoing rebellion by Islamic State group supporters as well as a rising threat from communist guerrillas.

'Difficult' without martial law The Department of National Defense supported the military's recommendation, saying it will be hard to rehabilitate Marawi without martial law.

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He specified the activities of the Turaifie Group, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and Abu Sayyaf Group.

The 1987 Constitution requires any extension of martial rule to be approved by Congress.

The government finally gained control of the city in October.

"There were intelligence reports saying they are planning to attack another city", Andanar told a radio interview.

Meanwhile, Bayan Muna representative Carlos Isagani Zarate condemned the government forces' proposal to extend Martial Law (ML), pointing that it will just lead to more human rights violation.

"As a Mindanaoan I always say that if it is possible we can have Martial Law here until 2022", he said.

"We're going to move logistics ano 'yung mga equipment, pagka sila'y nakakaikot ng malaya d'un, they can hamper 'yung pagre-rebuild natin di ba, kasi paano natin matutuloy 'yun eh kung hindi natin ma-secure yung area, papunta pa 'yung mga engineers natin e baka ma-ambush na "yung mga gan'un ba," Andolong said. In terms of seriousness kasi relative 'yun sa iba-ibang areas eh, pero meron, it is there, it is credible".

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