After a speedy review made by the Department of National Defense on the basis of the inclusion of former Marawi Mayor Omar Solitario and his two (2) sons in the list to be arrested pursuant to the declaration of martial law, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana found basis for their being retained in the arrest list and ordered the cancellation of their temporary clearance.

The clearance was intended in our efforts to facilitate their planned meeting with Secretary Lorenzana and be allowed safe passage through martial law checkpoints.

The message I received today from Sec. Lorenzana said:

“Based on the vehement objections of the AFP, PNP and local leaders in Marawi & Lanao Sur, I have recalled/cancelled the clearance I gave to Solitario and his two sons effective today. They are now subject to arrest.”

We submit to the judgment call of Defense Secretary Lorenzana.