To lift Martial Law in Mindanao or not? Five senators share their opinions


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It can be recalled that the proclamation of Martial Law in Mindanao last May 23 was due to the siege in Marawi City. Now after 6 long months, the Maute leaders Hapilon and Maute are dead and the war is declared over. Will this pave the way for the lifting of Martial Law in Mindanao?

No need to intervene

Three senators do not see the urgency for them to intervene in the lifting of the Martial Law.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson said that it is not for them to make the decision. It will depend on the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). “Sila yung mas nakakaalam niyan, dahil according to them, may mga foreign terrorists pa nandoon sa lugar,” Lacson said in a phone interview with GMA. [They know better because according to them there are still foreign terrorists in the area.]

Sen. Sonny Angara also agreed and added that while the death of two Maute leaders is a factor, they don’t want to preempt the AFP and the DND.

Sen. JV Ejercito, on the other hand, advises the continuation of Martial law until December 31 this year. This is to promote continuation of peace and order in the region.

Time to lift it

Sen. Kiko Pangilinan recommends the lifting of Martial law to start bringing the “normalcy” in Marawi and the rest of Mindanao.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros also agreed and cited that Hapilon and Maute’s deaths should convince the government to lift it. She also remarked to GMA, “From the start, I have been confident that with or without Martial Law, our brave soldiers will be able to defeat the terrorist threat in Marawi.”

DND no decision yet

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana already stated that they are yet to finish their assessment. Only then will they make any recommendations to the President, as per a PhilStar story.

This article has been viewed 473 times. Article originally posted: October 17, 2017, 9:42 am (UTC-0). Last update: October 18, 2017 at 6:54 am (UTC-0).

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