Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

President urged to extend martial law in Philippines

President urged to extend martial law in Philippines

As this develops, Dela Rosa also said that they have detected plans of the New People's Army (NPA) to conduct pre-SONA attacks on Davao City as part of their efforts to embarrass the President.

"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 handsome city", Lorenzana said.

"I'll be surprised if he'll (Duterte) not ask for an extension", Gordon told dzBB. "If indeed some of our soldiers are found guilty of committing excesses under martial law, then we will not hesitate to administer the appropriate sanctions against these individuals, while ensuring that due process is followed", the defense chief noted.

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However, Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. of the opposition Magnificent Seven bloc said the special session should be held earlier to better assess the basis of an extension.

The submission of the recommendation came out to be earlier than what the Armed Forces of the Philippines have been pronouncing the past week. "We will listen, and see if indeed there is enough justification to warrant the extension of martial law in Mindanao", Drilon added.

Proclamation 216, which declared martial law, will lapse on July 22 in line with the 60-day limit under the Constitution.

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The crisis in Marawi, now on its 56th day, has a death toll so far of 537: 399 militants, 93 government troops, and 45 civilians.

The military said only around 60 to 70 Maute members remain to be defeated in Marawi.

He said the military still has to clear some 500 to 550 buildings or establishments and this depends on the possible presence of improvised explosive devices and fuel bombs left by the terrorists. "Hulihin muna natin sila (We must catch them first)", said Dela Rosa, when asked about the reasons for their recommendation.

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"This shows a big significance as their capabilities have been lessened as well as their presence", he said.

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