Even the Armed Forces of the Philippines believes making martial law final for 5 years is too a lot.
AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla on Monday (July 10) mentioned the army is cool to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s proposal to prolong the declaration of martial law in Mindanao till 2022.
“Actually, five years may be too long for the moment,” he mentioned on the common “Mindanao Hour” press briefing in Malacañang.
Padilla mentioned the army will base its suggestion on the potential extension of martial law on operational parameters which embody hitting the targets it set when the conflict in Marawi City began.
“Kung ito ay ang misyon na ibinigay sa Armed Forces noong nagsimula ang martial law, tatanungin natin ang ating sarili, ‘Ganap na ba nating natupad itong mga ibinigay na misyon sa atin? Kung ang aming magiging kasagutan ay hindi pa natin natutupad, ang rekomendasyon, paano natin ito matutupad? Hanggang kailan natin ito matutupad?” he defined.
Padilla mentioned he was clueless as to how Alvarez got here up with the advice for a five-year extension of martial law.
“Hindi ko alam kung ano ang pinagbabatayan ni Speaker. Maaaring may impormasyon siya na hindi namin hawak at kami naman ang pinagbabatayan namin is ‘yung mga threats na hinaharap natin ngayon,” he mentioned.
Alvarez mentioned martial law needs to be in place till Duterte’s time period ends to lastly put an finish to the issue of terrorism and rise up in Mindanao.
Under the Constitution, the declaration of martial law solely lasts for 60 days until it is prolonged by Congress.
Padilla mentioned the AFP was within the means of arising with an evaluation of martial law, which might be submitted to Duterte earlier than July 22.
While the army will base its evaluation on experiences from floor commanders and the police, Padilla acknowledged that call about its extension might be a political one.
“Magrerekomenda lang ang ating Department of National Defense or Armed Forces, pero ang eventual decision ay kinakailangang manggaling sa political leadership na merong mas malawak na pinag-iisipang—pinagbabatayan ng kanilang desisyon,” he mentioned.