Sara Duterte-Carpio says martial law extension will not be a problem

Sara Duterte-Carpio says martial law extension will not be a problem

Sara Duterte-Carpio says martial law extension will not be a problem

Clashes between government forces and the pro-Islamic State (IS) Maute militants broke out in Marawi on May 23 - triggering what may be the biggest internal security crisis in the Philippines since the siege of Zamboanga City in 2013.

He said a recommendation will be made to Duterte once the military is satisfied it has flushed out all terrorist elements from the region.

Mr. Duterte has maintained he wants the conflict to be over soon but his decision on whether or not to prolong martial law in Mindanao would depend on the recommendation of troops on the ground.

Duterte-Carpio earlier gave out separate guidelines for the businessman, visitors, and tourists who will conduct business in the city while the martial law is ongoing.

In denouncing the planned extension, the CPP pointed out that Duterte claims he listens exclusively to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for advice on the on-going conflict, but military officials claimed they never advised the president to declare martial law.

Both the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police chiefs already said they would likely recommend the extension of martial law given the continuing conflict in Marawi.

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The expected meeting will come five days before the 60-day imposition of martial law expires and ahead of Duterte's second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24, when Congress opens its second regular session.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his previous speeches, said that he would rely on the recommendation of the military whether to extend his martial law proclamation in Mindanao. Security has been tightened in provinces adjacent to Marawi City with martial law still in effect.

Under the 1987 Constitution, there are safeguards against the abuse of martial law, such as a review by Congress and a 60-day limit. The country's former dictator Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law in 1972, using the measure to shut down critical media outlets and imprison thousands of dissidents. The police and military had attempted to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, the supposed "emir" in the Philippines of global terrorist group Islamic State.

It said at least 5,000 people also evacuated from their communities since May due to AFP operations, while civil and political rights continue to be violated by checkpoints, random searches by AFP soldiers and threats against the right to express views.

"This is a testament of the government's resolve to fully rehabilitate Marawi and help our Maranao brothers and sisters stand and rebuild the city", Galvez said. The death toll has breached the 500 mark, with 39 civilians killed, 379 terrorists killed, and 89 government troops killed in action.

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