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By Xave Gregorio

Task Force Bangon Marawi chief Eduardo del Rosario threw his support behind the mulled extension of martial law in Mindanao, citing a possible roadblock in rehabilitation should another terror attack spring up.

Del Rosario, who is also the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chair, said he is concerned for the security of the whole rehabilitation efforts as reports of massive terrorist recruitment surface.

“Just imagine, if something will happen in Marawi City during the rehabilitation phase, baka wala nang pumuntang mga contractors at laborers. Mahihirapan tayo sa rehabilitation,” Del Rosario, a former army general, said.

He said intelligence reports revealed that terror groups in Mindanao have been paying as much as P100,000 to new ISIS recruits.

These reports were also cited by Lanao del Sur Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong, who also supports the extension of martial law in Mindanao.

“We fear that if the, you know, if we’ll probably be lenient about imposing security protocols, this might… The terror group might use this as a portal to, you know, to form and regroup again and then attack another town,” Adiong said.

“I think the necessity of maintaining martial law dictates that, you know, kailangan talaga dahil meron pa lang… May pockets of recruitment na nangyayari diyan surrounding the Lake (Lanao),” he said.

Army spokesperson Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla floated the possibility of extending martial law anew at a press briefing two weeks ago at Malacañan.

Del Rosario and Adiong are leaving it to the military to recommend another extension of martial law in Mindanao.