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This photo shows the bullet-riddled apartment of Abu Sayaff leader Isnilon Hapilon at Basak Malutlut in Marawi City. Davao Today Photo

‘Martial law should continue’

MARAWI City — The chief police of this city has no qualms if President Duterte decides extend the implementation of military rule in Mindanao as he said it has resulted to residents obebiently following the laws here.

Supt. Ebra M. Moxsir, director of Marawi City Police, made this comment over the weekend, after authorities noted no residents violated the Philippine National Police’s 8 pm to 5 am curfew.

The regulation requiring residents to remain indoors between the said hours took effect after the military declared nine barangays here “cleared” from terrorists.

“This is the positive result of martial law, people now have discipline. That’s why it should be continued,” Moxsir said in Filipino.

He also commended residents for parking their vehicles properly, something they were hoping in the past.

Moxsir went on to elaborate how martial law in Mindanao has made a good impact in Marawi City. Residents, he said, now learn to share responsibilities especially in guarding their commmunity.

“The barangay officials, especially the members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT), have been told to educate the people not to break rules,” he said.

Mindanao was placed under martial law through Presidential Proclamation No. 216 on May 23, hours after the ISIS-linked Maute Group attacked this city that led to the displacement of the thousands of residents.

Civil-society organizations have questioned the proclamation and said the public must take an active role in making sure human rights of civilians are protected.

In October, Duterte said Mindanao will remain under martial law “until the last terrorist is taken out.” (davaotoday.com)

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