By Armando Fenequito Jr.
DAVAO CITY — 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. revealed this Tuesday, saying the extension came from the requests of the majority of the local government units (LGU) in the island.
“Maramingmga LGUs and government officials (Many LGU and government officials) that are looking for the extension,” Galvez said in an interview during his visit to the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) headquarters on Tuesday.
Galvez said local officials in Mindanao want to ensure that the island will be cleansed of terrorist groups which are sowing fear and violence.
The military, based on its initial assessment, said an extension will have many positive impacts such as security and economic development.
The assessment report of Eastmincomdisclosed that tourist arrivals in Davao City increased by 50 percent even with the prevailing martial law.
Galvez said the clamor from the local governments is proof of the benefits being derived by the communities from the implementation of martial law in Mindanao.
Galvez also noted that the skeptics and critics of martial law are coming from Manila and outside Mindanao who did not experience the current implementation.
He said the recommendation to extend martial law will be decided as soon as their assessment is completed.