- Senator backed president’s martial law proclamation over Mindanao
- He said decision timely, stopped the conflict from worsening
- He also said gov’t forces should be supported, lauded Duterte’s hands-on handling of crisis
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to declare martial law over Mindanao; saying his proclamation stopped the crisis from escalating further.
“Hindi pa natin alam kung ano ang nangyari kung walang martial law at mga checkpoints. Mabilis ang pagkilos nitong masasamang loob, mga insurgent, mukhang nasasawata,” he told GMA News.
[We don’t what would have happened if there was no martial law and chekcpoints. These bad elements and insurgents’ movements were fast, but they appeared to have been stopped.]
The senator added that government forces should be given all the support and resources necessary to stop the conflict for the country to avoid a similar situation like Syria and Libya.
“Kailangang bigyan ng pakakataon ang mga sundalo na masawata ang mga taong naghasik ng lagim at dilim,” he said. “Ngayon pa lang, kailangang tapusin lahat, ayaw kong magaya sa tayo Syria, Libya, durog na pero hindi pa rin tapos.”
[The soldiers should be given a chance to stop the people who are spreading gloom and darkness. This should be stopped, if we don’t want to end up like Syria and Libya, it’s bloody there but the conflict has not ended.]
Gordon also lauded Duterte’s handling of the situation; saying his visits to government forces involved in the fighting showed his compassion and sincerity.
“I have to commend the President na talagang makikita mo ‘yung malasakit niya. Pumupunta sa mga namatayan. Hindi natin nakita ‘yan noong araw eh. Hindi pumupunta ‘yung presidente ‘pag may namatay na pulis o sundalo,” he said.
[I have to commend the President because you can really see his compassion. He goes to visit those who died. We didn’t see that in the past. The president then didn’t visit police or soldiers who were killed.]