'Bato' not in favor of 5-year Mindanao martial law

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 11 2017 11:33 PM

Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Tuesday said he is not in favor of extending martial law in Mindanao to 5 years. 

Dela Rosa said the government will observe the situation in Mindanao and will go for a 60-day extension initially.
"May usapan naman kami ni Gen. Año. I'm inclined to ask for extension pero hindi naman iyung 5 years, 60-60 na lang muna," he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Mindanao under military rule on May 23, following attacks from the Maute group in Marawi City.

Based on the constitutional limit of 60 days, Duterte’s martial law declaration will end on July 22, but he can ask Congress to extend it if he deems it necessary.