NFORMATION is the “best antidote” to concern.
Sen. Ralph Recto burdened this level as he urged Malacanang to declassify and make public the intelligence reports that it used to justify the 5-month extension of martial law in Mindanao.
The Senate and the House of Representatives will maintain a joint session on Saturday, July 22, to debate President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to increase martial law till December 31, 2017.
“If terrorists are knocking on our doors, or if they’re already inside, then transparency is the best policy. Kung hindi ganoon, piyesta ang mga conspiracy theorists. And that uncertainty is what terrorists want,” Recto stated.
“Let us not embargo all reports. Ibigay natin sa taumbayan ang p’wedeng i-share sa kanila. So they can decide for themselves if a prolonged martial law is justified. Let us trust their maturity to appreciate the facts. And to spot the fiction,” he stated.
Recto stated public assist for martial law should be “an informed choice, arrived at by them freely through a study of facts, not fake news or alternative facts.”