The declaration of martial law in Mindanao was essential to resolve safety considerations which have plagued Mindanao for a very long time, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana mentioned Wednesday (May 31).

Lorenzana made the clarification in response to a declare made by opposition senators that he didn’t advocate the declaration of martial law to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The protection chief supposedly made the admission through the safety briefing he gave the senators in an government session on May 29.

“What he (Lorenzana) said was that the government security forces can contain the situation in Marawi city even without martial law. However, he emphasized that martial law is imperative to once and for all address security concerns in the entire Mindanao immediately and decisively,” the assertion attributed to Lorenzana learn.

The protection chief mentioned the safety state of affairs confronted by authorities forces goes past their ongoing battle with the terrorist Maute group in Marawi City.

“President Duterte’s imposition of martial law aims to put an end to the long running rebellion in variosus provinces in the south, as evidence by the incidents that happened in Zamboanga, Davao, Bohol, Lanao, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-tawi and Maguindanao,” Lorenzana mentioned.

“As the President has repeatedly said, ‘kung magdedeclare ako ng martial law, tatapusin ko nang lahat ito,’ referring to the threats posed by ISIS-linked local and foreign terror groups whose network covers the entire Mindanao,” he added.

Senator Risa Hontiveros mentioned on Tuesday (May 30) that protection officers admitted through the government session that the Maute group can be neutralized even with out the declaration of martial law.

The minority bloc comprised of Hontiveros, and Senators Antonio Trillanes IV, Bam Aquino, Kiko Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon and Leila de Lima filed a decision urging the Senate to carry a joint session with the House of Representatives to debate martial law however this was defeated in a 12-9 vote on the plenary.

Source: politics.com.ph