Top police and safety officers have reportedly endorsed the extension of martial law in Mindanao to quell lingering terror threats throughout a latest meeting with senators.
Representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine National Police (PNP) officers met with senators final Tuesday to debate the law and order scenario in Marawi.
“Baka kasi habang may rehabilitation or rebuilding efforts, may mga remnants pa ng Maute group sa area. Ang dali kasing mag blend in (sa community). Siguro we have to define what areas, time (frame), then we will be amenable to any possible extension of martial law,” Senator JV Ejercito mentioned.
Ejercito, nevertheless, emphasised that earlier than they’ll consent toextension of martial law, a briefing with the safety and protection officers should nonetheless be performed to evaluate the scenario.
The senators additionally pushed for the swift rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City to forestall a public backlash towards the federal government.
“We discussed that we should have a rehabilitation plan as early as now because right now the people of Marawi are angry at the terrorists. Pero kung magtagal pa ito at yung conditions sa mga evacuation centers does not improve, baka malipat yung galit sa government,” he mentioned.
“So we have to present a rebuilding plan as early now to the people Marawi, kung matapos yung crisis doon, simula na kaagad ang rehabilitation efforts,” he added.