Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri suggested to extend the Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of this year despite President Duterte’s pronouncement of the liberation of Marawi City from the grip of the Maute-ISIS terrorist group and the successful recovery of all of their hostages.
In an article from ABS-CBN News Online, Zubiri noted that there have not been so many complaints against the implementing military officers from the residences of Mindanao and that it is still one of the most effective ways of controlling the possible movements of terrorism and maintaining peace and order in the island.
To support his statement, he cited examples of the effectivity of the Martial Law such as the apprehension of Cayamora Maute, the father of the Maute leaders in Davao City and other of his relatives in Cagayan de Oro City.
He also said that the presence of the military is necessary for the government’s rehabilitation efforts to rebuild the war-torn city after five months of battle with the terrorists.
In addition, he proposed to the Congress a joint ocular inspection in Marawi City for possible need of supplemental budget as one of the things to be considered for making the appropriations for 2018.
On the other hand, some countries, under the leadership of the United States, are set to give millions of dollars for the recovery of the city.