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This is nothing like the Marcos martial law at all.

Mr. Duterte has maintained he wants the conflict to be over soon but his decision on whether or not to prolong martial law in Mindanao would depend on the recommendation of troops on the ground.

Malacañang distanced itself from House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez' views to extend the ongoing military rule in Mindanao after he reportedly said he would seek legislative support from his colleagues in Congress.

"While our forces are clearing Marawi, more than half of the AFP's engineering capabilities will be deployed for the reconstruction, rebuilding and rehabilitation of the Marawi City", Galvez said.

President Rodrigo Duterte announced the government is imposing martial law in Mindanao in May to stamp out extremists aligned with Islamic State (Isis) from the region.

He said the Marawi siege was "merely the pretext" to put Mindanao under martial law, which would supposedly allow Duterte and his allies to implement projects that would be detrimental to farmers, the Lumads, and the Moro people.

"As a Mindanaoan, I support the extension of Martial Law until 2022 to end all the troubles in Mindanao once and for all", Alvarez sad.


"The Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces will make recommendations, but the [final] decision will come from the political leadership, which holds a wider array of considerations".

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of the Philippines denounced the plan to extend the imposition of martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, however, argued that in case Congress fails to extend the May 23 martial law declaration, Duterte can just issue another martial law proclamation since the Constitution does not explicitly state that the president can only declare martial law once.

Padilla said the government is ready to start the early stage of rehabilitation of the besieged city. These include leaders of the Maute group and Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon.

The country's Social Weather Stations survey showed this week Duterte, who has been accused of crimes against humanity during his term as mayor of Davao, has attained an approval rating of 67 percent, or "very good", according to local news service Rappler. "Their network extends throughout Mindanao". The police and military had attempted to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, the supposed "emir" in the Philippines of worldwide terrorist group Islamic State.

While the government has put the civilian death toll at 39, the military believes this could "increase significantly" as troops have yet to reach other parts of the city where some trapped civilians were feared to have been executed.

The AFP engineering units will construct projects in conflict-affected areas or places which civilian construction companies can not penetrate.

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