AFP, PNP to recommend another extension of martial law in Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   December 4, 2018   •   2723

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr. will recommend extending the martial law in the entire region of Mindanao for another year.

Galvez cited as basis for the recommendation the reported terrorist incidents in Mindanao, including the blast in Basilan that killed 10 civilians on July 31; Sultan Kudarat bombing that killed two people and the recent bombing In General Santos city that injured 8 individuals.

“There is really a clamor for the extension considering the terrorists are still lurking in the area,” Galvez said.

The recommendation will be presented to President Rodrigo Duterte through Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana next week.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde expressed support to the military’s recommendation.

“We are in favor because of the upcoming plebiscite and upcoming elections in Mindanao,” Albayalde said.

The group of Lumads in Mindanao also shared the same sentiment for the planned martial law extension

“Huwag ihinto ang martial law. Kapag ihinto ang martial law mauubos ang mga Lumad. Huwag itigil ang martial law para matulungan ang presidente kasi kung kami ang magpapaalis sa kanila, hindi pwede iyan,” said Bai Pilar Libayao, the municipal IPMR in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

But the Makabayan congressmen are opposing the plan, saying it only targets the opposition group and the critics of the Duterte administration.

“They wanted to silence all dissent, all oppositions,” said Anak Pawis Rep. Ariel Casilao.

Though the recommendation has yet to be forwarded and approved, Malacañang believes that the president is likely to heed the proposal.

“Of course, the president will always evaluate whatever recommendations that the AFP and the PNP will give him,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

“But given the support of martial law in Mindanao, even by a Catholic bishop and the citizens there, the president may be persuaded to go on to approve the recommendation; but of course, again, that is the prerogative of the president,” he added.

Senator Aqulino Pimentel III, on the other hand, believes the military should be prepared in defending their basis in extending the military rule.

 “If there is a request for extension there should be a briefing and bakit justified pa even after one year and seven months,” Pimentel said.

Mindanao has been placed under martial law since May 2017 after the Maute terror group attacked Marawi City.

It is set to expire on December 31, 2018 after the government sought for its extension to give way to the ongoing rehabilitation of Marawi.

The recommendation needs to be approved by both houses of Congress before an extension can be implemented.

House majority leader Rolando Andaya Jr. assured they are ready to grant the extension should President Duterte ask for it.

Andaya also said lawmakers from Mindanao will be asked to give their inputs during deliberations.

“If the president will ask for it, then chances are it shall be given. The inputs and views of the congressmen from Mindanao, who represent the people directly affected will carry much weight during  the deliberations,” he concluded. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

Philippine army withdraws martial law recommendation for Sulu

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 31, 2020

The Philippine Army has withdrawn its recommendation to re-impose martial law in Sulu province after the twin blast incident in Jolo which killed 15 and injured 74 individuals.

Army Chief LtGen. Cirilito Sobejana said they respect the decision of the national leadership as well as the sentiment of the general public.

“I drop my recommendation for martial law declaration over Sulu despite the turmoil as there might be other better options,” he said in a statement.

“I always give due respect to the wisdom of our national leadership and the sentiment of the general public but I felt it appropriate to share with you that the military had displayed utmost professionalism and maturity during our martial law implementation in Sulu when I was the JTF (Joint Task Force) Sulu Commander in 2017,” he added.

Local officials have earlier expressed their opposition to the re-imposition of martial law in Sulu. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Local officials oppose placing Sulu province under martial law

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 27, 2020

Local officials in Sulu have expressed their opposition to the recommendation of several authorities to put the province under martial law after the twin blast incident on Monday (August 24).

Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan said martial law was already implemented before and it still had not curbed terrorism in the province. He recommended, instead, for the government to increase its efforts to implement the Anti-Terrorism Law.

Iyong Anti-Terror Law sobra-sobra pa iyan sa martial law. Dapat intindihin muna nila ang Anti-Terror Law. Sisirain lang nila ang pangalan ng Sulu (The Anti-Terrorism Law is already too much compared to martial law. They should focus first on the Anti-Terror Law. They will just tarnish the name of Sulu),” he said.

Jolo, Sulu Mayor Kerkhar Tan said the province does not need martial law. Authorities should have a focused military operation on verified terrorist camps in order to attain peace in Sulu.

Nag-martial law na tayo, nag-martial law ang Mindanao, mayroon ding nangyaring bombing dito sa amin (Martial law was already implemented here before, in Mindanao. There are still bombings),” the mayor said.

Local officials appeal to residents to coordinate with authorities if they encounter any suspicious activities or individuals in their area.

Meanwhile, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the decision to implement martial law in the province will be up to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Any decision to impose martial law will depend on the existence of a factual basis; that is, whether or not there is actual rebellion or invasion, and whether or not public safety requires the imposition of martial law,” he said. “Only the president has the necessary information to make this determination.”

Malacañang previously said the President is considering the recommendation of the Philippine Army to put Sulu under martial law after the recent twin blasts in Jolo. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

PNP supports Army chief’s call for martial law in Sulu

Marje Pelayo   •   August 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) condemns the series of bombings in Barangay Walled City in Jolo, Sulu on Monday that killed 14 individuals and wounded 75 others.

This is why the PNP is in support of the recommendation of Philippine Army Chief General Carlito Sobejena to place Sulu under martial rule as it will help in the ongoing operations of the PNP and the AFP against the terrorists in the area.

“We join the entire Filipino nation in strong condemnation of this senseless act of terror for whatever motive its perpetrators may have  even during this time of pandemic,” PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said.

“This will allow the military and police more  operational flexibility to carry out law enforcement operations against domestic threat groups in the area,” he added referring to the proposed martial law in Sulu.

Gamboa also ordered the Police Regional Office in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to thoroughly investigate the incident.

Personnel from the PNP Bomb Data Center (PBDC) and Crime Laboratory were also deployed to Sulu to assist.

The PNP Chief has also ordered the strengthening of capabilities at checkpoints and increasing police visibility in the area.

The official has appealed to the public to cooperate with authorities and help identify the suspects for their immediate arrest and to prevent them from sowing terror in the future. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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