Class opening to push through in Mindanao amid martial law

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Posted at May 25 2017 11:21 AM | Updated as of May 25 2017 11:23 AM

A government soldier inspects a motorcycle driver at a checkpoint along a main highway in Pantar town, Lanao del Norte, after residents started to evacuate their hometown of Marawi City, Wednesday. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA - The Department of Education said Wednesday the opening of classes in public elementary and high schools will push through on June 5 even in Mindanao island which is under martial rule.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared martial law in Mindanao after deadly clashes erupted between state forces and bandit groups in the southern city of Marawi in Lanao del Sur.

DepEd, in a statement, said schools will not be used as evacuation centers for affected Marawi residents.

The provincial capitol and the Mindanao State University (MSU) will serve such purpose.

DepEd also reminded all concerned sectors to ensure the neutrality of schools and temporary learning spaces as zones of peace.

"Students, teachers, and personnel must be spared from any form of violence, intimidation, or threat," the agency said.