PNP, AFP sign martial law document

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THE Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines have officially signed the document recommending the extension of martial law in Mindanao for another year.

“We have just signed a document together with the outgoing AFP Chief of Staff recommending the extension of martial law in Mindanao for another year,” PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said, referring to AFP Chief General Carlito Galvez Jr., who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on December 12.

Both the AFP and the PNP have recommended another extension of martial law in Mindanao.

President Duterte has been waiting for the recommendation of the PNP and the AFP before asking Congress for another extension of the martial law in the region.

Albayalde said martial law has also made a “drast i c improvement” in terms of the crime situation in Mindanao.

“Because of the martial law, we have [ observed] a drastic improvement in terms of the situation of Mindanao, where the crime volume dropped by 28,853 or 32 .8 percent ,” he said.— Inquirer

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