Sara Duterte backs martial law extension

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 11 2017 02:30 PM

DAVAO CITY - Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday said the local government here supports her father President Rodrigo Duterte's bid to extend martial law in the entire Mindanao.

"The city government of Davao has no opposition to martial law. We do not have any untoward experience under it," Duterte-Carpio said in the vernacular.

"We will defer to decision of the AFP and the Office of the President regarding the need to extend martial law because they have access to relevant information."

(Ang city government of Davao, walay oposisyon sa Martial Law. Wala man tay dili maayong experience. We will defer to the decision of the AFP and the Office of the President, sa need sa pag-extend sa Martial Law because sila ang naay access sa ingon aning information.)

Duterte has cited a lingering terror threat in Mindanao as well as the armed insurgency of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) as reasons for seeking the extension of martial law in the entire Mindanao for one more year.

The military's Task Force Davao said martial law would help state forces deal with terrorist stragglers in Marawi and stem their recruitment of new members.

"We need not only to focus on Marawi or Lanao, but the whole Mindanao, considering yung ating mga threats coming from ISIS, and international terrorists organizations, ang cover talaga is whole Mindanao, yung border ng Muslim countries," said task force commander Col. Nolasco Mempin.

Under martial law, police visibility and patrols by soldiers will be strengthened. Security will also be tightened in the entry points of cities, said Mempin.

Soldiers and police, he added, are conducting regular profiling of residents to weed out terrorists.

"From the feedback that we got from the majority of the Davaoeños and even some visitors, wala naman silang apprehension or they are afraid na going to Davao City. We noticed the influx of visitors, maybe they are curious, they have the notion na secured ang Davao City," Mempin said.

Duterte first declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23, when gun battles between government and Islamic State-linked terrorists erupted in Marawi City. In July, upon the lapse of the initial 60-day declaration, Congress extended it to December 31 on Duterte's request.

Report from Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News