According to the head of Task Force Bangon Marawi, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chairperson Eduardo del Rosario, the martial law in Mindanao should be extended beyond its lapse on December 31 to ensure security during the rebuilding of war-torn Marawi City.
The official said on Friday that the martial rule in Mindanao would be helpful in securing rehabilitation activities.
He noted that martial law really have to be extended in the region, especially now that there are reports of extremists conducting “massive recruitment” following their defeat.
He said in a news conference in Malacañang: “It’s really very important that we continue to [secure] the whole area, not only Marawi City, but [the] whole of Mindanao, from terrorist threats.”
“Personally, I would like martial law to continue during the rehabilitation phase because as chairman of Task Force Bangon Marawi, my main concern is the security of rehabilitation efforts. Just imagine if something will happen in Marawi City during the rehabilitation phase, baka wala nang pumuntang contractors at laborers. Mahihirapan tayo sa rehabilitation,” he added. [We would struggle in the rehabilitation if contractors and laborers don’t come due to fear].
Meanwhile, Zia Alonto Adiong, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Assemblyman supported the calls to extend martial law.
“As a local, I would say the end of the war does not necessarily mean the [return to] normalcy of the peace [and order] situation… We’ve been saying this all along… the crisis will start after the war,” he said.