AFP CHIEF GALVEZ: MARTIAL LAW WILL REMAIN UNTIL ALL LOOSE FIREARMS ACCOUNTED FOR
Martial Law still remains.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez expressed his belief that the implementation of the military rule in the region of Mindanao should continue until all the loose firearms are accounted for.
Galvez said some 24,000 loose firearms are still unaccounted for.
Meantime, the AFP chief also said that aside from the loose firearms, the President may not lift the Martial Law until all suspected extremist elements are arrested.
He noted that lawless elements and significant number of loose firearms still threaten peace and development in Mindanao.
On Thursday, Galvez said they are still validating reports circulating that Owayda Benito Marohombsar also known as Abu Dar emerged as the new leader of the Maute terrorist group.
This is because Abu Dar is the remaining significant figure among the plotters of the Marawi siege.
The military has also confirmed recruitments of the terror group among students which are now looked into by security officials.
Meanwhile, AFP and PNP high ranking officials have vowed to strengthen intelligence within the country to neutralize personalities that may stage lone wolf activities in all parts of the Philippines.