By Aaron B. Recuenco
Narco-politicians who remain at large and the proliferation of loose firearms in Mindanao were cited as the major reasons by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in recommending an extension to martial law.
But PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said they did not request for any time frame and even expansion of the Martial Law implementation when they submitted their position paper to President Duterte on Friday last week.
“The identified narco-politicians who are believed to be supporting the cause of the Maute Group are still at large, we still have to account for them,” said dela Rosa.
The second main reason, according to dela Rosa, is the proliferation of loose firearms especially in Marawi City and nearby areas.
“We have to account for the loose firearms before we lift Martial Law,” said dela Rosa.
He said the military also submitted its own position paper while the PNP discussed matters only pertaining to law enforcement.
But the official said both the police and the military are for the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao.
Dela Rosa said he is not sure if the extension of martial law will be announced during President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday next week or anytime this week.
He said what the police and the military have submitted would just serve as a guide for the President.
“The Office of the President will consolidate that and that will be the grounds of the President for the extension of Martial Law,” said dela Rosa.
“We did not cite any time frame, it’s up to the President,” he added.
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