- The Palace has announced the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the martial law in Mindanao
- According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, President Duterte has decided to no longer extend the martial law
- Panelo said the decision came after the assessment of the President’s defense advisers and security was released
- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said that the situation in Mindanao has already improved
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President Rodrigo Duterte has finally decided to no longer extend martial law in Mindanao.
KAMI learned that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have both claimed that the peace and order in Mindanao have improved.
In a report by the Inquirer (authored by Nestor Corrales), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the announcement on Tuesday in a briefing at the Palace.
“The Office of the President wishes to announce that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will not extend martial law in Mindanao upon its expiration on December 31, 2019,” Panelo said.
Panelo mentioned that the President came up with the decision after his defense advisers and security assessed the weakening terrorist and extremist rebellion in Mindanao.
“Contrary to the suppositions of the vocal minority on the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao, this decision of the President shows how he responds to the situation on the ground,” Panelo said.
“The Palace is confident on the capability of our security forces in maintaining the peace and security of Mindanao without extending Martial Law,” he added.
As reported by the Philippine Star, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on December 4 recommended that President Duterte should no longer extend the martial law in Mindanao since the situation there has already improved.
President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017, after Maute Group attacked Marawi City. The martial law has been extended three times since it was announced.
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