Malacañang requested for consideration from administration critics on Saturday (June 24) after the Marawi City chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) accused soldiers of abusing the declaration of martial law.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella stated a minimum of the Commission on Human Rights stated no abuses have been dedicated within the one month since martial law was declared in Mindanao.
“In the meantime, unless based on fact and evidence, we ask critics and advocates to be more considerate in their judgment of the efforts and context of our soldiers’ challenges and be more supportive of their efforts to protect the Filipino way of life,” he stated in an announcement.
Abella assured that the federal government will examine any allegation of abuse and if proof warrants, prosecute and punish all those that dedicated abuses, particularly [email protected] violence towards ladies.
“The President, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, and the Department of National Defense Secretary, who is the Mindanao administrator for martial law, do not encourage or tolerate abuses by the military or the police in Mindanao or elsewhere,” he stated.
Citing “highly placed reports,” the IBP-Lanao accused the navy of committing a number of abuses within the identify of implementing martial law, akin to pressured entries into business and residential institutions, ransacking of buildings and houses, and complete disregard of plain view doctrine in search and seizure actions.