DILG backs police recommendation to extend martial law

DILG backs police recommendation to extend martial law

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police has endorsed a recommendation for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao.

According to PhilippineStar, the current acting secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Catalino Cuy mentioned that confirmed PNP's recommendation.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) likewise submitted its recommendation for an extension, its spokesperson said, but there is no information yet as to the length of time it is asking.

Padilla said, however, that he was "not privy" to other details as the military's recommendation was "separate and different from the recommendation of the police".

Padilla, however, said the threat from the Abu Sayyaf had been significantly reduced that there have been no recent kidnappings of foreign sailors from vessels passing through the country's southern waters.

Task Force Bangon Marawi chairman, retired Major General Eduardo del Rosario earlier revealed intelligence reports that the remaining members of the Maute group are conducting "massive recruitment", offering as high as P100,000 to each recruit.

The main battle area in Marawi City, which covers 36 of the city's barangays, will remain closed to returning residents as clearing operations continue, the military said Friday.

The NPA, along with its mother organization Communist Party of the Philippines, were recently declared by Duterte as a terrorist organization.

The military has expressed support for the recommendation of the police to extend the declaration.

After the retaking of Marawi last October, Duterte said he would await recommendation from the AFP and the PNP so that he could decide whether or not to keep Mindanao under martial law.

On July 22, the 60-day period lapsed and Congress approved a request from the President to extend martial law until the end of the year.

On May 23, the Maute terror group staged attacks in Marawi City where they held hundreds of hostages, burned establishments and occupied several buildings after.