Now it may be advised: The video of the Maute group planning its assault on Marawi City was an element in convincing Sen. Panfilo Lacson to favor the declaration of martial law over Mindanao.

Lacson disclosed this Wednesday after the Armed Forces of the Philippines declassified the video displaying the planning of the Marawi City “rebellion.”

“I think I can now disclose that this video footage, among other disclosures in the security briefing made by top security officials of the Duterte administration during our executive caucus, is what made me decide to vote in favor of the martial law proclamation in Mindanao,” he mentioned.

Senators held a closed-door assembly with high safety officers in late May to talk about the matter.

Meanwhile, Lacson famous some colleagues who proceed to oppose the martial law proclamation “either did not understand the gravity of the security threat posed by the rebellion in the south, or they are simply opposed to anything that President Duterte does or acts on.”