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PNP, AFP sign document urging extension of Mindanao martial law

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde during a press briefing at NHQ, Camp Crame, Quezon City. INQUIRER PHOTO/ JAM STA ROSA

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have officially signed the document recommending the extension of martial law in Mindanao for another year.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde revealed this in an interview with CNN Philippines on Wednesday.

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“We have just signed a document together with the outgoing AFP Chief of Staff recommending the extension of martial law in Mindanao for another year,” he said, referring to AFP Chief General Carlito Galvez Jr., who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on December 12.

Both the AFP and the PNP earlier said they will recommend the third extension of martial law in Mindanao.

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President Rodrigo Duterte has been waiting for the recommendation of the PNP and the AFP before asking the Congress for another extension of the martial law in the region.

Albayalde said martial law has also made a “drastic improvement” in terms of the crime situation in Mindanao.

“Because of the martial law, we have [observed] a drastic improvement in terms of the situation of Mindanao, where the crime volume dropped by 28,853 or 32.8 percent,” he said.

“In particular, we have recorded a drop of 44.2 percent on index crimes. That includes murder, physical injuries, homicide cases,” he also said. /je

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