- Senator called on fellow lawmakers to revoke president’s declaration of martial law over Mindanao
- He said Congress should not abet Duterte, embolden him to place entire PH under martial rule next
- He also blasted Duterte, said president did not allow AFP time to assess and control the situation
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV called on fellow lawmakers to revoke President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law proclamation over Mindanao; saying it was overkill and would only embolden him to place the entire country under martial rule next.
“Kapag pinagbigyan natin ito ngayon, malamang ay aabusuhin niya ito at dadalhin sa susunod na leg, buong bansa made-declare sa martial law,” GMA News quoted him as saying. “In this case, we should reject, baguhin niya ‘yung declaration niya na doon lang sa area of conflict. It’s for his own good. Kasi maraming negosyante ang natakot na gagawa sana ng trabaho diyan sa Mindanao.”
[If we let him have his way, he will most likely abuse and bring it to the next leg, which is to declare martial law over the entire country. In this case, we should reject, he should change his declaration to include only the area of conflict. It’s for his own good. Because there are many business people who were supposed to create jobs in Mindanao but are now afraid.]
A staunch critic of Duterte, Trillanes also accused the president of wanting to declare martial law prematurely without even giving the armed forces a chance to assess or control the conflict in Marawi City.
“Kating-kati mag-declare na hindi man lang binigyan ng kaunting panahon ‘yung Armed Forces to give an assessment or control the situation bago mag-declare ng ganun,” he said. “Ang kutob ko dito, gusto na niya mangyari ito. Gusto na niya mag-declare. But be assured na babantayan natin para hindi makapang-abuso.”
[He was itching to declare without even giving the Armed Forces enough time to give an assessment or control the situation. My hunch is he wanted it to happen. He wanted to declare. But be assured we will stand watch so there will be no abuses.]