Lorenzana: I submitted martial law recommendation to Duterte

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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. FILE PHOTO

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 16) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he has submitted his recommendation for the extension of martial law in Mindanao on Thursday.

But Lorenzana, who is the martial law administrator, said he will neither comment on his recommendation nor the military's.

"Let us wait for the President's decision. It could the same as mine or another. Kung magkaiba pag-aawayin na naman kami ng mga detractors [If they're different, our detractors would pit us against each other]. Better wait na lang [it's better to wait]," Lorenzana said in an interview Saturday.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has given Lorenzana their assessment of martial law in Mindanao Saturday, according to spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.

Padilla said, "Once the Secretary of Defense has made his own inputs into the document, being the Administrator of martial law, it will be forwarded to the Commander-in-Chief for his decision."

Padilla added, he is confident the President will make an announcement about his decision on martial law before the 60-day period ends on July 22.

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"I am sure that even before the deadline comes, there will be an announcement made by the Commander-in-Chief regarding his decision whether to approve and support the recommendation that will be forwarded to him," Padilla said.

In an earlier interview on CNN Philippines' the Source, Padilla also said there may be basis to extend martial law in Mindanao as the AFP has yet to "quell the rebellion" in Marawi.

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The crisis in Marawi since May 23 has prompted the President to declare martial law in Mindanao. But the 1987 Constitution states martial law may only last for 60 days, and Congress has the power to extend or revoke its implementation.

CNN Philippines' Senior Correspondent David Santos contributed to this report.