President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday that Martial Law in Mindanao would not be lifted until all the terrorists in the region has been neutralized by the government.
“When the time came, I declared martial law. Everybody is asking when will it stop? It will not stop until the last terrorist is taken out,” the president said during the 43rd PHL Business Conference and Expo.
Martial law in Mindanao was declared by Duterte after the ISIS-inspired Maute group attacked Marawi City on May.
After the 60-day expiration, the Congress has granted his request for the extension of martial law until December 31, 2017.
After Abu Sayyaf subleader and supposed emir of the ISIS in Southeast Asia Isnilon Hapilon and Maute leader Omar Maute were killed on Monday, Duterte has declared the following day that Marawi was freed from the terrorists after several months of fighting.
Government troops are still pursuing around 20 terrorists including Malaysian National Dr. Mahmud Ahmad, an alleged ‘siege financer,’ who is believed to have been killed in a recent operation in Marawi.