PNP, AFP for­mally rec­om­mend mar­tial law ex­ten­sion

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PHILIP­PINE Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Chief Os­car Al­bay­alde and Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff have signed a doc­u­ment rec­om­mend­ing to Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte the ex­ten­sion of mar­tial law in Min­danao for an­other year.

“We have just signed a doc­u­ment to­gether with the out­go­ing AFP chiefof-staff rec­om­mend­ing the ex­ten­sion of mar­tial law in Min­danao for an­other one year,” Al­bay­alde said Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 5.

Al­bay­alde said the im­ple­men­ta­tion of mar­tial law has re­sulted in a drop in crime in­ci­dence in Min­danao.

“Be­cause of the mar­tial law, we have a dras­tic im­prove­ment in the peace and or­der sit­u­a­tion in Min­danao where the crime vol­ume dropped by 28,853 or 32.8 per­cent. Be­cause of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of mar­tial law and be­cause of the forces present there now con­duct­ing tar­get har­den­ing mea­sures, mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions, po­lice op­er­a­tions, check­point op­er­a­tions,” he said.

“In par­tic­u­lar, we have recorded a drop of 44.2 per­cent in in­dex crime, that in­cludes mur­der, phys­i­cal in­juries, homi­cide cases. So these are all the good ef­fects of mar­tial law in Min­danao and also the re­cov­ery of al­most 10,000 loose firearms in Min­danao,” he added.

Duterte de­clared mar­tial law in Min­danao on May 23, 2017, shortly af­ter the Maute Group went on a ram­page in Marawi City. Un­der the 1987 Con­sti­tu­tion, mar­tial law may be de­clared for 60 days.

Congress, how­ever, ex­tended mar­tial law un­til De­cem­ber 2017 and fur­ther to end-De­cem­ber 2018 de­spite the ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties in Marawi.

The dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law has drawn crit­i­cisms and sparked fears of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions sim­i­lar to those doc­u­mented dur­ing the Mar­cos regime.

How­ever, Al­bay­alde said there has been no re­ported in­ci­dent of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions since the dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law in Min­danao.

“That’s one good thing. We haven’t heard any or a sin­gle case of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in Min­danao since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of mar­tial law. These are all al­le­ga­tions by the same sec­tors of so­ci­ety but no case was ever filed. These are all al­le­ga­tions and not even sub­stan­ti­ated,” he said. (Third Anne Per­alta-Malonzo/SunS­tar Philip­pines)

(PNA)

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