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