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The official said they are expecting foreign governments, including the United States, to also help in the rehabilitation of Marawi, on top of their immediate assistance for the humanitarian needs of the evacuees.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has yet to declare its own recommendation because it is still waiting for the assessment of ground commanders in Marawi City.

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said that the proposed five-year extension of martial law by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is "too long" as they believed that security challenges could be addressed and normalized earlier than that. But scores of gunmen are still holding hostages and continuing to fight in four areas of the lakeside city, a bastion of the Islamic faith in the south.

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.

While stressing that they will follow whatever path laid by the government in its Martial Law declaration in Mindanao, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana assured the public that every action undertaken in the name of the latter will be done under the rule of law and respect for human rights.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he will renew attempts to land in the besieged city of Marawi this week-having already failed twice to do so. "Only the President can ask for an extension of martial law". This is nothing like the Marcos martial law at all.

"The declaration of Martial Law goes out of effect at the end of 60 days and the recommendation and decision to extend it must (be) done before it ends", Padilla said.

"And even though you explain this martial law is different from the previous martial law or the martial law of other countries, martial law is martial law and serious investors will not come to Mindanao if they know martial law is being operated within that area", he said.

Under the 1987 Constitution, martial law could only be declared for a 60-day period, in this case up to July 22.

A portion of Marawi City lies in ruins as fighting continues between government troops and the Maute group. "These are indisputable signs that there is no religious war", they said, and condemned the militants "in the strongest terms possible, as did Islamic religious scholars in Mindanao".

Mr. Pimentel said Mr. Alvarez, who drew criticism with his proposal, was merely "telegraphing" his "personal position". The assessment includes whether the troops have accomplished the mission given when martial law was declared by the President.


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