The Philippine State Police have backed Mindanao with another war extension to sustain enormous peace and order improvements in the region, Oscar Albayalde, General Director of PNP said.
"If at any time the president decides to extend the war, we will [will] fully supports it, because what we see here is to improve peace and order, "said Albayalde at a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City, on Monday.
He said that the state of war has led to a decrease in the average monthly crime rate in Mindanao from 8.79 in 2017 to 5.92 this year.
The crime rate refers to the number of victims of crime per 100,000 population.
"We can refer to it mainly to determine the state of war," said Albayalde.
He said that increased checkpoints and military operations have helped to mitigate criminal activities, while allowing terrorist groups to be tested.
Albayalde argued that even Mindanao's people wanted to extend the war.
"Some people do not worry about it [have] claimed … There is no restriction of freedom. Not even [suspension of] habeas corpus, "he said.
Defense Secretary Dolphin Lorenzan said last week that the president is still waiting for police and military recommendations before deciding whether to extend the war on Mindanao.
"The armed forces will use the month of November … to visit Mindanao and ask peoples, municipalities, companies, the church, what is their sense of extending or abolishing the state of war," Lorenzan said.
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