The Department of National Defense (DND) is optimistic that majority of the lawmakers will support the proposed extension of martial law in Mindanao.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana yesterday said the DND-Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is ready to brief the lawmakers regarding the recommendation by the military and police to extend martial law for another year.
“We are awaiting the date when we will brief them. We are confident that they, at least the majority, will support the extension,” Lorenzana said.
The defense chief stressed the need for the extension of martial law for another year, citing threats still being posed by terrorist groups.
“There is still continuing rebellion being waged by the remnants of the Mautes, ISIS and Abu Sayaff. Also, it is the clamor of the people in Mindanao,” Lorenzana added.
On Wednesday, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde cited the gains of the 18-month implementation of martial law in Mindanao.
Albayalde also stressed no single case of violation of human rights was filed against security forces in connection to martial law, contrary to what is being peddled by critics of the Duterte administration.
Because of the martial law, Albayalde said police recorded a drastic improvement on the peace and order situation in Mindanao where the crime volume dropped by 28,853 or 32.8 percent.