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Checkpoints To Continue In Mindanao Even After Martial Law Is Lifted

MINDANAO CHECKPOINTS – Even after Martial law is lifted in Mindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will not be dismantling their checkpoints.

Mindanao Checkpoints Remain After Martial Law Lifted
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According to Brig. Gen. Edgard Arvelao, even with the martial law lifted, they still need to look out for potential terrorist threats. He added that the situation in Mindanao has improved, however, Arvelao said that they’re not putting their guard down.

On Tuesday, we could recall that President Duterte announced that he would not be extending the martial law in Mindanao. Adding to this, he also cited improved security in the region.

Marawi City was liberated on Oct. 17, 2017 but the President declared another year of extension for 2018. Eventually, Duterte announced another military ruling extension until the end of the year 2019.

“The Palace is confident on the capability of our security forces in maintaining the peace and security of Mindanao without extending Martial Law”

Salvador Panelo

The President declared martial law in Mindanao after the terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf led by the Maute brothers took over Marawi in May 2017. But, Duterte had stated that they have succeeded in denting the terrorism threat and rebellion.

Based on an article from Inquirer, the AFP hoped that the improved security in Mindanao and the lifting of Martial law would bring in more economic activities. Adding to this, the AFP believed that terror groups have weakened.

They attribute this to the defeat of the Daulah Islamiyah-inspired group headed by the Maute brothers. The spokesperson for AFP said that they have tagged eight foreign terrorists and 60 local suspects.

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