Martial law 'till 2022? Only speaker's opinion - Palace

Martial law 'till 2022? Only speaker's opinion - Palace

Officials of the Department of Tourism and Duterte's office dismissed the threat to tourism, however, saying that the declaration of martial law has actually made the country safer.

While Alvarez is pushing for the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao, he does not favour the idea that martial law should be declared in the entire Philippines.

Mr. Padilla said the Army's job is to make a recommendation on the suitability of rescinding martial law based on "intelligent basis", noting that the judgement on whether the proclamation must be extended is a "political decision". Gen. Restituto Padilla, Spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said: "Hindi ko alam kung anong pinagbabatayan ni speaker".

"We are sticking to some mission profiles that we were provided with at the very beginning of martial law".

Seven out of 10 Filipinos, or 78 per cent, said they were satisfied with the performance of President Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte particularly his declaration of martial law over the whole of troubled Mindanao, survey findings of a private pollster said on Friday.

Duterte-Carpio earlier gave out separate guidelines for the businessman, visitors, and tourists who will conduct business in the city while the martial law is ongoing.

New reports earlier quoted Mr. Alvarez as saying he would convince other lawmakers to extend martial law's duration in Mindanao to the remainder of President Rodrigo R. Duterte's term.

"Why are some senators and representatives talking about extending martial law in Mindanao when the President has not even officially initiated such extension?" said Lagman.




Padilla said the government would initially provide tents to the Marawi evacuees, and then build a "single detached cottage" for every family member as temporary shelter.

Government troops continue to fight over 80 terrorists in Marawi City. These include leaders of the Maute group and Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon.

Clashes between government forces and the pro-Islamic State (IS) Maute militants broke out in Marawi on May 23 - triggering what may be the biggest internal security crisis in the Philippines since the siege of Zamboanga City in 2013.

"When our soldiers' lives are at risk, they take appropriate measures to defend themselves and that is allowable even by the Geneva Convention". "Their network extends throughout Mindanao". Government forces were also being careful in advancing towards enemy positions due to the presence of booby traps.

He said the number of civilians killed by the terrorists remains at 39.

The AFP engineering units will construct projects in conflict-affected areas or places which civilian construction companies can not penetrate.

Government losses at now placed at 87 killed.

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