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AFP backs selective coverage of martial law in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines has expressed support on selective coverage of martial law in Mindanao due to the reported improved situation in some areas since it was declared two years ago.

“We have articulated our support to selective coverage of martial law as deemed warranted by the local chief executive and validated by our operational commanders on the ground,” AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement on Tuesday.

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His statement comes a day after the Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte called for support to exempt her area from martial law, citing “very good peace and order situation.”

Eastern Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Felimon Santos has already expressed support to lift martial law in Davao City following a recommendation from Mayor Duterte, Arevalo said.

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But the final decision would still come from President Rodrigo Duterte.

President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017, following the siege of Marawi City by Islamic State-inspired terrorist groups. It has been extended three times.

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