Albay Representative Edcel Lagman mentioned President Rodrigo Duterte has ignored the sentiments of the folks when martial legislation was declared over Mindanao.

During the oral arguments over the petitions looking for the nullification of Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216 which declared martial legislation over Mindanao, Lagman cited Pulse Asia survey performed in December 2016 which confirmed 74 p.c of Filipinos interviewed have been towards martial legislation

“Seven in 10 Filipinos reject martial law even at a time of violence and terrorism,” mentioned Lagman who was one of many petioners.

“But the President ignored this overwhelmingly anti-martial law sentiment when he imposed martial law in the whole of Mindanao, the very region where the martial law rejection is highest, even higher than the national average,” he identified.

Lawmaker indicated the survey ends in Mindanao confirmed 75 p.c towards and solely 11 p.c in favor.

“Clearly, the people have not forgotten the atrocities, repression and corruption during the martial law regime of President [Ferdinand] Marcos,” he identified.