The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) might recommend for the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao.
AFP chief of staff Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr. said the extension is being requested my several local government units (LGUs) in the island.
“Maraming mga LGUs and government officials (Many LGU and government officials) who are looking for the extension,” Galvez said in an interview during his visit at the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) Headquarters on Tuesday.
Galvez said the local officials in Mindanao want to ensure that the island will be cleansed of terrorist groups who are spreading violence.
Based on its initial assessment, there are many positive impacts of Martial Law specially on security and economic development.
He said the assessment report of Eastmincom bared that the tourist arrivals in Davao City has also increased by up to 50 percent.
Galvez said the clamor from the local governments are the only proof the benefits of the implentation of Martial Law in Mindanao.
The AFP top official said he also noted that the “skeptics” and critics of Martial Law mostly come from Manila and outside Mindanao who have not experience the current Martial Law implementation.
Galvez said the clamor to extend will be decided as soon as their assessment will be completed