Congress should assess if martial law in Mindanao be lifted or not – Sen. Honasan

UNTV News   •   June 30, 2017   •   3594

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MANILA, Philippines — Thirty-eight days after martial law was declared in Mindanao, Senator Gringo Honasan couldn’t tell if the declaration should be lifted or not.

However, he certainly believes it is now time for the Congress to act on its mandate and do its part on the issue.

“By law , yung 60 days kailangan disisyunan ng Kongreso kung ititigil na yung martial law o itutuloy (By law, after 60 days Congress should decide if martial law should continue or not),” said Sen. Honasan.

He said that the military operation should not be given a deadline in order to make sure that there will be no terrorist left in Marawi.

The senator believes the area will be cleared soon.

“Hindi ka pwedeng mag deadline dahil isa lang dyan ang maiwan na terorista na may hawak na pampasabog o may baril hindi mo pupwedeng sabihing clear yung area (You cannot put a deadline because if there is even one terrorist left holding an explosive devise or a gun, you cannot say that the area is cleared),” Honasan said.

He added that the rehabilitation and recovery program for the hundreds of thousands of affected residents should be given a big consideration.

Honasan pointed out the problems of hunger and social injustices as the main reasons why there are fighting’s in different parts of the country.

He said that same incidents are just being repeated such as in Ipil, Zamboaga, Bohol and now in Marawi.

“Bakit na naman may Marawi? So hindi na-a-address yung root causes, (Why is there [a similar fighting] in Marawi?  The root causes are not being addressed) ” Honasan added.

The senator believes this administration is on the right track a year after President Rodrigo Duterte was elected as the president of the country.

“He has a clear sense of direction. Pero ang tatanungin dyan dapat hindi yung nasa gobyerno, yung tao na dapat makinabang dyan. The intended beneficiaries or the unwilling victims (He has a clear sense of direction. But it is not those in government that should be asked but the intended beneficiaries or the unwilling victims),” Honasan said. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte vows to support military in fight against extremism in Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   August 31, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the candle-lighting and the offering of flowers at the blast site at Barangay Walled City in Jolo, Sulu on August 30, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — For the first time since his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte made his public appearance to visit Jolo, Sulu.

Specifically, the President visited the sites of the twin explosions that occurred on August 24 which killed a number of soldiers.

He delivered a short speech before the troops at Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters where he vowed to give his full support to the military in fighting and eradicating terrorists activities in Mindanao. 

“Bilang isang Pilipino ibibigay ko sa inyo ang lahat ng suporta na kailangan ninyo para matupad ang inyong misyon dito sa Jolo (As a Filipino, I will give you all the support you need to accomplish your mission here in Jolo),” he said. 

“I commit myself to working with you my dear troops to ensure that these terrorists will have no future in this country,” he added.

During the ceremony, the President commended the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of peace and order in the province. 

President Duterte said that he regrets the situation in Mindanao and added that if not for the atrocities in the region, it could have attained the progress that the province has been aspiring for decades.

“For decades, Mindanao’s progress has been hindered by the threat of insurgency and extremism,” the President said. 

“Kung wala lang sana itong seed of hatred na nakalagay sa isip from generation to generation, sana ngayon maganda na ang buhay para sa lahat, (If only the seeds of hatred had not been planted in the minds of people from generation to generation, quality of life [in the region]would have improved for everyone by now),” he added.

The President appeals to all government forces to continue the fight against terrorism and work hard to achieve long lasting peace in the country. 

“If we cannot really agree,  then we fight and we fight hard hanggang magkaubusan na (until no one is left). Maybe by that time, kung ubos na ang lahat, wala ng giyera (when everyone is gone, the war would finally end)” he said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie COZ)

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Philippine army withdraws martial law recommendation for Sulu

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 31, 2020

The Philippine Army has withdrawn its recommendation to re-impose martial law in Sulu province after the twin blast incident in Jolo which killed 15 and injured 74 individuals.

Army Chief LtGen. Cirilito Sobejana said they respect the decision of the national leadership as well as the sentiment of the general public.

“I drop my recommendation for martial law declaration over Sulu despite the turmoil as there might be other better options,” he said in a statement.

“I always give due respect to the wisdom of our national leadership and the sentiment of the general public but I felt it appropriate to share with you that the military had displayed utmost professionalism and maturity during our martial law implementation in Sulu when I was the JTF (Joint Task Force) Sulu Commander in 2017,” he added.

Local officials have earlier expressed their opposition to the re-imposition of martial law in Sulu. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Local officials oppose placing Sulu province under martial law

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 27, 2020

Local officials in Sulu have expressed their opposition to the recommendation of several authorities to put the province under martial law after the twin blast incident on Monday (August 24).

Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan said martial law was already implemented before and it still had not curbed terrorism in the province. He recommended, instead, for the government to increase its efforts to implement the Anti-Terrorism Law.

Iyong Anti-Terror Law sobra-sobra pa iyan sa martial law. Dapat intindihin muna nila ang Anti-Terror Law. Sisirain lang nila ang pangalan ng Sulu (The Anti-Terrorism Law is already too much compared to martial law. They should focus first on the Anti-Terror Law. They will just tarnish the name of Sulu),” he said.

Jolo, Sulu Mayor Kerkhar Tan said the province does not need martial law. Authorities should have a focused military operation on verified terrorist camps in order to attain peace in Sulu.

Nag-martial law na tayo, nag-martial law ang Mindanao, mayroon ding nangyaring bombing dito sa amin (Martial law was already implemented here before, in Mindanao. There are still bombings),” the mayor said.

Local officials appeal to residents to coordinate with authorities if they encounter any suspicious activities or individuals in their area.

Meanwhile, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the decision to implement martial law in the province will be up to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Any decision to impose martial law will depend on the existence of a factual basis; that is, whether or not there is actual rebellion or invasion, and whether or not public safety requires the imposition of martial law,” he said. “Only the president has the necessary information to make this determination.”

Malacañang previously said the President is considering the recommendation of the Philippine Army to put Sulu under martial law after the recent twin blasts in Jolo. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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