MANILA -- Martial law has been in place in Mindanao for "too long," Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said, adding he would not recommend its extension beyond the end of the year.
Mindanao has been under martial rule since the 5-month-long siege on Marawi City by extremists waving the Islamic State flag. It will lapse at the end of 2019.
"Kung ako lang (If it's up to me) I will not recommend anymore the extension. Tagal na masyado (it's been too long)," Lorenzana told a forum in Manila.
More businessmen will be encouraged to invest in the southern Philippines when there is no martial law, he said.
--With reports from Zhander Cayabyab and Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News