Security forces to release joint assessment on Martial Law extension

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will soon release their joint assessment for a “more validated conclusive reports” on the possible extension of martial law in Mindanao.

“I was tasked by the SND (Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana) to make a consultative report with the PNP. So we directed the (AFP) J-3 (deputy chief-of-staff for operations) to have a joint conference for us to assess our different reports so we can have a more validated conclusive reports,” AFP Chief-of-staff General Carlito Galvez, Jr. said.

Galvez said the current stand of AFP is to recommend an extension of martial law.

Galvez said the decision to extend martial law might be finalized within this month.

“Perhaps next week when the President arrives, maybe (in the next) PNP-AFP national security conference, there we will report our separate assessments and at the same time, our joint assessment,” Galvez said.

Malacañang said it would depend on the recommendation of the AFP on whether or not martial law will be extended after the end of the year.

Martial law in Mindanao was declared on May 23, 2017 following attacks launched by the Maute Group in Marawi City.

The House of Representatives, in a special joint session in July last year, granted the extension of martial law until Dec. 31, 2017 at the President’s request.

The Senate and House of Representatives, convening in a joint session early December, later granted the Chief Executive’s request for the extension of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus for a period of one year from January 1 to December 31 this year. (Priam Nepomuceno/PNA)

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