Duterte to decide on martial law recommendation by July 22

President urged to extend martial law in Philippines

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President Rodrigo Duterte is poised to make a decision regarding whether or not to extend martial law in Mindanao.

He said what the police and the military have submitted would just serve as a guide for the President.

AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, Jr. told reporters last week that they expect the submission of the recommendation to the President in one week.

The Philippine National Police and Armed Forces are both recommending the president extend martial law on the island of Mindanao, the scene of fierce government fighting against ISIL-linked militants for almost two months.

"We will have to wait for the president's final decision on the matter", Lorenzana was quoted by ABS-CBN news as saying.

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is urging alleged Martial Law victims in Mindanao of security forces' undue treatment to come out and file complaints to avail of legal process.

Soldiers partol the gate of the Marawi City Hall.

"I fully trust the President's judgment on this whether he considers my recommendations or not", he pointed out. The 15-day timeline he sough to address the problem in war-torn city is beyond the 60-day period of martial law implementation in Mindanao.

In the same statement on Sunday, Lorenzana described the upcoming rehabilitation and rebuilding works in Maraw as "more daunting considering the extent of damage wrought into the city".

"That is why we have decided in the past that only our best men and women should be allowed to operate in critical areas such as Marawi City and elsewhere in Mindanao, and that our Muslim brothers and sisters should not be singled out in our operations since terrorism goes beyond any religion or creed", he added.

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