With the continuous threat of terror groups namely New People’s Army, Islamic State of Iraq, Syria-inspired terrorists and local terrorists groups in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte formally asked the Congress to extend martial law at the region for a year.

Duterte Wants to Extend Martial Law in Mindanao
On his letter, he stated that he wants it to happen for the total eradication of Islamic State Terror Groups as it was revealed that the ISIS inspired Maute Group with their allies are recruiting members from Basilan, North Cotabato, Maguindanao and Sulu following the death of Isnilon Hapilon and Maute brothers.
He also noted that the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) recommended the extension of martial law.

Duterte then warned the Turafie group, led by Esmail Sheikh Abdulmak and a possible inheritor of Hapilon, who are planning to conduct bombings at the Cotabato area. The administration is also monitoring the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) at Maguindanao and North Cotabato and Abu Sayyaf who caused 15 violent incidents.

Read: President Duterte to Expand the Martial Law to Whole Philippines

Duterte also believes that the extension will help promote the economic growth and rehabilitation in Marawi. The president earlier proclaimed CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization due to their continued violent acts.

Opposition says NO to Extension

Meanwhile, a list of senators reiterates that extending martial law in Mindanao has no basis. Some of them are Sen. Franklin Drilon, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Sen. Risa Hontiveros and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who said that the imposition of military control cause the residents of Marawi to leave their homes at the early stage of Maute siege and it will also be the reason why they will not return.

On the other hand, Representative Edcel Lagman said that their arguments are weak if it will be base on the constitution. Mayor Sara Duterte also supports the decision of his father by stating that the local government units of Davao will not oppose to martial law.

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