SENATOR Ralph Recto on Saturday voted to increase martial law for 5 months “out of respect” to the troopers and policemen within the warfare zone in Marawi City.
The Senate President Pro Tempore stated that his preliminary place was “a martial law confined to Marawi, and not a coast-to-coast one that blanketed the whole of Mindanao.”
“I would have also preferred a shorter period, to prod an earlier end, because a protracted war only prolongs the agony of civilians caught in the vise-grip of war,” he stated.
“But it is out of respect to those in the frontline, to the soldiers in the line of fire, that I am acceding to a five-month extension of martial law,” Recto stated
The senator added, “If they say that it is vital to victory, then such must not be denied to them. I am not swayed by the optics of the commander-in-chief sauntering into the frontlines, nor by his rambling commentaries on war.”
“I would rather give credence to the recommendations of those in the field, like the wounded Army lieutenant who testified earlier, whose views must carry more weight,” stated Recto referring to 2Lt. Ken Fagyan.
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