Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito mentioned he wouldn’t suppose twice in opposing the extension of martial law if there had been perceived illegal act.
“One of our colleagues said we are a rubberstamp, we’re puppets. We are not. The Senate is still the last bastion of democracy, wanted to make sure that the rights of the people are protected,” Ejercito on Monday mentioned.
The senator particularly laid down his “conditions” earlier than agreeing to an extension – that there ought to be no atrocities or human rights violations; that the Constitution would proceed to perform; and there’s no impression in any respect to the constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of speech or freedom of expression or primary rights.
He additionally dismissed the opportunity of martial law being prolonged by way of protection, to incorporate Metro Manila, citing the dearth of want for it.
“I feel it’s fairly apparent that the Maute group is already weakening. But it simply took a bit of time for the AFP as a result of it was not straightforward due to the terrain, it was an city warfare. These terrorists had been already in a position to get the vantage factors. They had been in a position to situate snipers everywhere in the metropolis within the excessive floor in order that’s a really large benefit level while you discuss assault,l he mentioned.
“Hopefully with the support we’re giving, we need to give to support the AFP, give them all the instruments that they would need so that they will be able to crush these rebellion the soonest possible time. Doesn’t have to go to Visayas, hopefully not in Manila, (but) yes that’s a concern,” he mentioned.