DEPARTMENT of National Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday said that he will endorse the extension of martial law in Mindanao to President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that he already took the recommended one-year extension of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and would present it to Duterte.
“I will endorse it to the President, same recommendation that he made. This is one year extension,” Lorenzana said in a statement.
Lorenzana reiterated the military’s concern on maintaining martial law for another year to sustain the gains of anti-terrorism and peacekeeping efforts in Mindanao.
“There are still enemies there. We need to clean all of that before we let go,” said Lorenzana.