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Bato wants longer martial law to fight narco-politikos, Maute members

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) has batted for the extension of martial law in Mindanao in order to give them more time and opportunity to arrest alleged narco-politikos and backers of Maute Group.

This was bared by PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa during a press briefing in Camp Crame, Quezon City, Monday.

He said his recommendation submitted last Friday was based on law enforcement considerations.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao after the Maute Group attacks in Marawi City last May 23.

Dela Rosa said he did not give a specific time frame for the proposed extension.

The PNP chief also said that it was possible that the President may announce his decision before his State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) on July 24.(Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA)