PNP cites narco-politicians, loose firearms as reasons for recommending ML extension

The Philippine National Police and Armed Forces are both recommending the president extend martial law on the island of Mindanao, the scene of fierce government fighting against ISIL-linked militants for almost two months.

"The President will go through and will make a decision on the matter".

He said the military also submitted its own position paper while the PNP discussed matters only pertaining to law enforcement.

Whether or not its duration will be extended and area of coverage expanded, the fate of Martial Law in Mindanao is now in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The PNP position was revealed a day after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reported that the DND had already given last week its recommendation on the issue of martial law extension.

As of July 9, the death toll in the Marawi crisis has already breached 500 with at least 379 terrorists, 89 soldiers and 39 civilians killed.

Lorenzana serves as administrator of martial law implementation in Marawi and the rest of Mindanao.

Lorenzana declined to give details of the recommendation, saying the president has much to consider.

"The Office of the President will consolidate that and that will be the grounds of the President for the extension of Martial Law", said dela Rosa.

"While we have already begun laying the foundation for the reconstruction, recovery, and rehabilitation of Marawi City through community engagement, coordination with various agencies and making post disaster assessments, we earnestly look forward to the end of fighting because we want our Maranao brothers and sisters who have left their homes to go back, reconstitute their interrupted lives and partner with us on how we can best rebuild Marawi into a better and more lovely city", Lorenzana said.

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