The Marawi City siege will not end on or before the President’s SONA. His second State of the Nation Address is on July 24. Du30 seeks the extension of martial law in Mindanao. Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo stresses that the conflict in the area is complex. Even her 9 years as president from 2001 to 2010 were not enough to bring back peace to the region.
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[VIDEO]: Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo speaks at the 52nd Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines induction ceremony. She urges the public to support the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Mindanao Martial Law Continues
The Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla Jr. said that the security forces are moving progressively. However, they still need 10 to 15 days to retake Marawi City from Maute terror group. “We are right into the 10 to 15 days estimate of the President. Although, that can go beyond the Sona.
PGMA Supports Military Rule
Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo strongly supports Du30’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. “I’d like to use this opportunity to stand four-square behind President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao,” Arroyo said. She made this known to the media during the 52nd Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines induction ceremony where she was the keynote speaker.
On May 23, the president placed the entire region of Mindanao under martial law. This is after the Maute militants’ siege in Marawi City. The declaration of the martial rule can last only on July 22 under the constitution unless extended. It aims to end the insurgency in the southern Philippines.
The military does not disclose the target date to liberate Marawi City. They are optimistic to put an end to the rebellion before Du30’s Sona but feels that it can go beyond. The President already asked for 15 more days to address the conflict in Marawi. His pronouncement came after the various calls to extend martial law in Mindanao are made by key players in the peace and order situation there.