Marawi Mayor : Martial Law extension will stop ISIS recruitment in Mindanao
The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao would stop the recruitment of new members of ISIS-inspired terrorist groups in Mindanao, according to Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra.
Speaking to Palace reporters on Friday, Gandamra said local officials of Marawi supported the martial law extension although they agreed with the report of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that no recruitment was taking place in his city.
Gandamra was in Malacanang to attend the meeting of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), an interagency task force that will focus on the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of Marawi City and other areas affected by the ongoing armed conflict
He said Marawi local officials were pleased with the 10-5 votes by the Supreme Court en banc which affirmed the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte’s second extension of martial law in Mindanao.
In its ruling, the justices agreed with the position of Solicitor General Jose Calida that the High Tribunal has no power to review the decision of Congress to grant the request of President Duterte for the one-year extension.
“We believe it will help especially in addressing the possible recruitment of would-be members of ISIS-inspired groups,” Gandamra said.
“But in other areas, according to reports of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), there are areas where possible recruitment is taking place, but it is being addressed by our security forces,” Gandamra said.
A total of 822 militants, 162 government forces, and 47 civilians were killed during the battle that started on May 23, 2017. It came to be known as the longest urban battle in the modern history of the Philippines.
After the war, the President immediately issued Administrative Order No. 3 and formed the TFBM. #