Duterte awaiting recommendation from AFP, PNP on Martial Law extension – Palace
Marje Pelayo • October 19, 2018 • 4328
AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez, Jr. and PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte is still awaiting the recommendation from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on whether or not to extend the imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao.
It can be recalled that Congress allowed the extension of Martial Law in the region until December 31, 2018 upon request of the Duterte administration in order to eradicate Islamic State-inspired terror groups that sparked the Marawi siege.
Panelo said the President still gives utmost consideration to the information that the military provides as the soldiers are the ones monitoring the actual security situation on ground.
However, Panelo believes that another extension of Martial Law remains highly necessary to ensure the safety of the majority of citizens in all parts of the country.
“As I said, if it is helping the population – the population is not even opposing it, so to my mind, there is a need to extend it,” Panelo said. “But according to the President that will depend on the advice, the recommendation of the military because they are the ones on the ground.”
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Department of National Defense (DND) is continuously assessing the situation in Mindanao through consultations with members of the community, local government units, the business sector and civil society groups.
“We are currently assessing the situation consulting with the population, LGUs, military, police, business and civil society. We will make the recommendation in the next two months before the year ends,” Lorenzana said in a statement. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
The Philippine Army has withdrawn its recommendation to re-impose martial law in Sulu province after the twin blast incident in Jolo which killed 15 and injured 74 individuals.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 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)
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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