By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) revealed that it is seeking the extension of martial law in Mindanao due to the increasing violence and threat to security on the island by terrorists, communist rebels and other armed groups.
The AFP made the disclosure after Interior Officer Catalina Cuy said that the Philippine National Police (PNP) had recommended that the martial law implemented in Mindanao be extended for another year.
According to AFP spokesman, Major General Restituto Padilla , the AFP already presented its recommendation to the Secretary of Defense, Delfin Lorenzana, but said that it has no knowledge of the details . 59004] "As far as I am concerned, there is a recommendation to similarly support the recommendation of the Philippine National Police," Padilla said during the press conference of the Bangon Marawi Task Force in Malacañang today.
"But I am not aware of the entire report and I am not at liberty to discuss whatever has been placed in the report until such time as the decision has been made," he added.
However, Padilla confirmed that they have recommended the implementation of martial law still on the whole island of Mindanao.
The army officer also cited reports of terrorist recruitment, increased incidents of violence and the existence of armed groups, as some of the reasons why the AFP is seeking an extension.
The growing violence initiated by the left is part of the reason why martial law may be necessary to cover areas where potential terrorists may be hiding, "Padilla explained, referring to the New People's Army (NPA).  According to Padilla, the number of violent incidents related to the NPA increased by 65 percent in one year, and the AFP also registered a 2,000 percent increase in the number of government assets, construction business assets "that burned down in flames." "due to the communist rebels.
" There were a total of 617 incidents throughout the year and 382 of them were committed in the area of the Eastern Command of Mindanao and 18 in the area of the Western Mindanao Command by the NPA " , he said.
"Of these violent incidents, the telltale effect has been remarkable because in 2016 where the damage we have calculated or [estimated] was more than P100 million," he added.
"H There was an increase of 2,000 percent in the amount of the effect of violent incidents in business alone: P2.4 billion for each estimate was the number of establishments, government assets, construction companies and other companies that have been set on fire . It's just a fire, "he continued.
Padilla also pointed out that when the communist rebels ended their unilateral ceasefire in February, AFP recorded 78 incidents related to the NPA at the end of January and the first half of February  AFP also recorded 82 incidents in March, 71 in April, 72 in May and 80 in June.
"So far, this was the highest number of incidents, violent incidents perpetrated by the NPA," said Padilla. 19659004] Last week, President Duterte officially ended peace talks with the Reds and declared them terrorists by signing Proclamations 360 and 374, respectively.
Communist rebels, Padilla said that martial law is necessary to deal with future attacks that can be carried out by terrorists inspired by Daesh due to reports that they have been recruiting new members.
"They still remain a threat even though they have been significantly degraded in terms of capacity and manpower," he said.
"Those who survived that siege still remain at large and are trying to recover by recruiting other members of society, particularly the vulnerable sector of our population," he added.  Padilla was referring to children, students, women and even relatives of terrorists killed during the five-month war in the city of Marawi, Lanao del Sur.
He explained that terrorists are trying to recruit more members by tempting them through the effective rewards. This was previously quoted by Zia Alonto Adiong, assemblyman of Lanao del Sur.
However, Padilla refused to disclose where the recruitment was monitored so as not to disrupt the military operations against him.
"This is something we do not want to happen, for this group to come back with revenge, that is," said Padilla.
The military spokesman also cited the existence of other armed groups in Mindanao, in particular the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and the Islamic fighters of Bangsamoro (BIFF).
"We still face significant violent activities that are possible from the BIFF groups in Maguindanao, Lanao and Cotabato." In addition to the threats caused by the existence, the continued existence of ASG forces on the islands of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi "said Padilla.
President Duterte declared martial law throughout Mindanao when the war against terrorists in the city of Marawi erupted on May 23, 2017.
When the 60-day implementation expired on July 22, the Congress granted its extension until the end of 2017.
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