AFP to recommend extension of martial law only in selected areas in Mindanao

(Eagle News)–The military will recommend the extension of martial law only in selected areas in  Mindanao.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Noel Clement made the confirmation after his confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments.

“But as we see it right now,  the current security situation in Mindanao has improved a lot,” Clement told Senator Risa Hontiveros under questioning.

Earlier, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said they were only waiting for the assessment of the AFP before deciding on whether or not to ask for an extension of martial law or ask that it be scrapped altogether.

Martial law was first imposed in Mindanao in May 2017, after Maute terrorists overran Marawi in a reported bid to establish an Islamic caliphate in Southeast Asia.

It will expire on December 31 after it was extended three times. Meanne Corvera