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For peace, order’s sake: Palace open to extending martial law anew

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang on Thursday said it is amenable to extending martial law in Mindanao if the Armed Forces of the Philippines recommends it.

“Well, according to the military, the martial law has helped in the peace and order situation. And it has dissuaded the terrorists from inflicting the usual violence against the population,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Panelo said the military rule should only be extended if “it is helping the population.”

In December 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte requested Congress to extend the martial law until December 31, 2018, citing continued terror threats.

Duterte placed the entire Mindanao under martial law following the attack of Islamic State-inspired Maute terrorist group in Marawi on May 23, 2017.

“It will depend on the recommendation of the military. The President always heeds the advice and the recommendation of the military and other police forces because they are the ones who are knowledgeable on the conditions existing there,” Panelo said.

The official said no suggestion has been made to extend martial law.

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