Martial Law declaration to intensify civilian casualties in Marawi crisis – groups

Opinion & Analysis Philippines May 25, 2017 at 4:16 pm
Jerome Succor Aba

Jerome Succor Aba

 newly-elected chairperson of Suara Bangsamoro, said that the martial law declaration will not resolve the incursion of the Maute group in Marawi City but will only intensify civilian casualties and will only worsen the heightening peace instability in the province.

Suara Bangsamoro today reported that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) gave civilians in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur until 1:00 in the afternoon to leave their homes to give way for a full-blown military operation against members of the Maute group.

The ultimatum was raised hours after President Rodrigo Duterte declared a 60-day martial law in Mindanao. President Duterte also vowed that he would be harsh in implementing military rule. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, following suit, ordered for a lockdown rule all over the City as part of the implementation of the island-wide martial law.

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