PNP favors Martial Law extension in selected areas in Mindanao

Maris Federez   •   November 13, 2019   •   181

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday (November 13) signified its support to a Martial Law extension in some areas in Mindanao.

“Generally, yes, but there is still ongoing assessment on the part of the Philippine National Police baka pwede maging selective (maybe it will be selective),” said PNP officer-in-charge PLtGen. Archie Gamboa.

The official said the assessment will help them ascertain the areas that must still be under martial law.

Gamboa also said that he has directed the Directorate for Intelligence and the Directorate for Operations to submit their assessment on Friday.

He, however, declined to name the areas that they are proposing to still be under the extended martial law.

“I don’t want to preempt kasi gusto ko may proper evaluation, may proper supporting information and intelligence dito sa mga lugar na ito (because I want it to have a proper evaluation, to have proper supporting information and intelligence in these areas),” the official said.

He added that they will be holding a meeting with the National Security Adviser in the coming days on how to combat and suppress the local communist terrorist groups. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

AFP, PNP assure peace in Mindanao will prevail despite end of Martial Law

Maris Federez   •   December 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines— The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are pleased with the upcoming ending of Martial Law in Mindanao on December 31.

This, after Malacañang announced on Tuesday (Dec. 10) that President Rodrigo Duterte has decided not to extend Martial Law in Mindanao as terrorism and rebellion have weakened in the region.

The AFP said these had been among the bases of their recommendation not to extend the Martial Law.

The military is also confident that this move will boost the economy in Mindanao.

“We have cited several reasons like improved security climate in Mindanao, the continues decline of the Daesh-inspired local terrorist groups, & to further promote an environment more conducive to economic activities as it did in terms of increase in trade and commerce in Mindanao,” said AFP spokesperson Marine BGen. Edgard Arevalo.

With this, the AFP assures that they will continue to coordinate with communities in Mindanao to ensure lasting peace in the area.

“We will continue to collaborate with local chief executives, and the people in the communities in the conduct of our current activities to sustain these gains brought about by Martial Law,” Arevalo added.

He further said that they are pushing for the amendment of the Human Security Act and the Anti-Terrorism Law that will give strength to their counter-terrorism efforts.

 “The AFP will pursue our advocacy towards the amendment of the Human Security Act into an Anti-Terrorism Law that will not be too restrictive to security forces but has more teeth to prevent or counter-terrorism,” said Arevalo.

Meanwhile, the PNP ensures that they will continue their strict monitoring Mindanao and maintain peace and order in the area.

“Well, wala namang magiging pagbabago. Naroon pa rin ang ating mga pwersa at ang buong hanay sa buong Mindanao […] Yung bilang ng ating mga pulis na roon ay sapat para ito, mapanatili natin ang present situation na lalo pang bumubuti,” said PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac.

Conversely, Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra said that although they would rather have the Martial Law in Mindanao extended, they respect the decision of the president.

He said the city is now improving after being under the martial rule for two years.

With the impending end of Martial Law in Mindanao, the local chief executive stressed that this doesn’t mean that the city will be complacent, rather, they will be more vigilant so that terrorism will not find its way back to the region. —(with details from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

AFP to push for tougher anti-terrorism law

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday (December 10) said they will push for tougher laws against terrorism, as martial law in Mindanao will no longer be extended.

In a statement, AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said the AFP is pleased that President Rodrigo Duterte heeded their recommendation to no longer extend martial law in Mindanao.

He also said that they will continue to push for tougher laws to prevent counter-terrorism.

“The AFP will pursue our advocacy towards the amendment of the Human Security Act into an Anti-Terrorism Law that will not be too restrictive to security forces but has more teeth to prevent or counter terrorism,” Arevalo said.

Malacañang announced earlier on Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte will not extend martial law in Mindanao upon its expiration on December 31, 2019.

Meanwhile, the AFP said they will “continue to collaborate with local chief executives, and the people in the communities in the conduct of our current activities to sustain these gains brought about by ML.”—AAC

On non-extension of Martial Law: We’re pleased that the Commander in Chief listened to us —AFP

Maris Federez   •   December 10, 2019

(FILE) Filipino government troop check villagers at a military checkpoint in the town of Pingcawayan, North Cotabato province, southern Philippines, 21 June 2017. EPA-EFE/CERILO EBRANO

MANILA, Philippines— The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has confirmed that they are one of the security-related agencies that were consulted as to whether or not Martial Law will be extended or not.

In a statement released on Tuesday (Dec. 10), AFP spokesperson Marine Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said they are pleased that their recommendation for the non-extension of ML was considered by the Commander-in-Chief.

“We have cited several reasons like improved security climate in Mindanao, the continues decline of the Daesh-inspired local terrorist groups, & to further promote an environment more conducive to economic activities as it did in terms of increase in trade and commerce in Mindanao,” the statement further reads.

Arevalo added that they will continue to collaborate with local chief executives and the people in the communities as they conduct current activities to sustain the gains brought about by Martial Law.

He further said that the AFP will pursue the “advocacy towards the amendment of the Human Security Act into an Anti-Terrorism Law that will not be too restrictive to security forces but has more teeth to prevent or counter-terrorism.” —/mbmf

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