Now that the Supreme Court has spoken on the validity of President Duterte’s martial law declaration, authorities ought to quick observe efforts in bringing Marawi again to its ft.
This was the expectation of the “seatmates” bloc composed of Senators Sonny Angara, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Win Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva and Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri.
“This crisis has resulted to human cost that cannot be calculated in pesos and we must ensure that normalcy in the lives of our brothers and sisters will be restored. Let’s unite against the common enemy,” Angara mentioned.
“t’s time to show a united front against terrorism and lawless violence and more importantly, begin the urgent work of rebuilding the communities in Marawi City,” Ejercito mentioned.
“I encourage Filipinos to level up our unity and continue supporting all efforts to end the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in Marawi City as well as give them hope, strength and resolve to rise above the ruins of war,” he mentioned.
Zubiri shared his colleagues’ name for the federal government to focus not solely in getting rid of the “menace” in the entire of Mindanao but additionally in beginning the rehabilitation plan of all of the affected areas to realize normalcy in the area.
“With this ruling, the President now has a free hand to use all necessary means to crush the Maute terrorists once and for all. Now that the SC has spoken, it is time to set aside politics and work together in reclaiming Marawi and bringing the city back to its glory,” Gatchalian mentioned.
Angara mentioned he was in Mindanao two weeks in the past and noticed that issues have been continuing as regular.
“May nakausap nga akong mga bakwit sa Iligan na nagasabing palagay ang kanilang loob at ramdam nilang ligtas sila sa kabila ng deklarasyon ng martial law. I think the 1987 Constitution has enough safeguards to protect the people from possible abuses,” he mentioned.
If there’s a want to increase the implementation of martial law, Ejercito mentioned the group would name for a joint session.
“And I would want to pursue my request for another briefing from the defense and security officials so that we will have a updated assessment of the situation,” he mentioned.
Villanueva mentioned there have been a number of parts that wanted to be addressed earlier than martial law could be prolonged past 60 days and the scope of its protection.
“We have to ask what it has accomplished relative to the problem of terrorism in Mindanao, what was its impact, was it effective or not and why it is necessary moving forward and what are the options if not martial law,” he mentioned.