Duterte assessing need for martial law extension: Palace


Posted at Dec 10 2017 12:17 PM

A soldier walks pass a shrub of Poinsettia in bloom at the main battle area in Marawi, December 2, 2017. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte is looking into the recommendation of security forces to extend martial law in Mindanao, Malacañang said Sunday. 

"The Office of the President has received the recommendation of the Department of National Defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police regarding the extension of martial law in Mindanao," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement. 

"The President is studying the recommendations and he is assessing the need for further extending martial law in Mindanao. PRRD's paramount concern is the security of our people especially the Mindanaoans in the face of threats and the use of available means under the law to fight them." 

Duterte placed the entire south under military rule after Islamic State sympathizers stormed Marawi City last May 23. On his request, Congress had extended martial law until December 31. 

The government declared an end to hostilities in Marawi last October 23, after soldiers killed extremist leaders. 

Nonetheless, the military on Friday said it recommended extending martial law anew due to security threats from extremist groups and communist rebels.