VP Robredo calls for lifting of martial law declaration in Mindanao
by UNTV | Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo said she is not against the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao, especially since it was the Supreme Court itself that declared it constitutional.
However, the Vice President believes the administration should lift the declaration of military rule in Mindanao, and immediately begin the rehabilitation of strife-torn Marawi City.
“Nung sinusulong ito ang sabi niya necessary lang. Sana sa lalong madaling panahon ma-lift na ito kasi marami din yung nagrereklamo na naaapektuhan ang turismo, hanap buhay at maraming umaasa ditong hanap buhay, (When he [Duterte] was pushing for this, he said it was necessary. I hope that he could lift it at the soonest possible time because many are complaining that their tourism, their livelihood are affected. Many livelihoods are depending it)” said the vice president.
According to Robredo, the Office of the Vice President will help in the conduct of rehabilitation in the heavily damaged area.
She noted many of their Angat Buhay partners have already expressed readiness to build infrastructures for the affected residents.
“Marami na kaming kausap na partners na willing to help magbigay ng ng school buildings gamit sa paaralan yung shelter kits para sa mga nawalan ng bahay. Marami na nag-pledge. Lahat lang naghihintay para magkaron na ng clearance (We are in talks with many partners who are willing to help build school buildings, provide school supplies, shelter kits for those who were displaced. Many have pledged. They are waiting for clearance)”, said Robredo.
However, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla believes a consultation will take place first before the government releases a decision on the lifting of martial law in the entire Mindanao.
Although the matter is a political concern, Padilla said the AFP will create recommendations regarding the lifting of the military rule in the region.
Padilla also assured the public that the situation in every part of Mindanao will soon return to normal.
“But there is a greater threat here that needs to be addressed and the need for the maintenance of martial law in some parts is really important because of the network, the existence of the network of all these terrorist groups,” said Padilla. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
by Joniel Monton | Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the troops of the Eastern Mindanao Command during the President’s visit at Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City on November 18, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines — December 31, 2017 is the deadline of the martial law that was declared in Mindanao to eradicate security threats such as terrorism and insurgency.
President Rodrigo Duterte said, he will decide whether to extend or lift martial law in the whole Mindanao based on the recommendation he will receive from the military and police.
“Whatever the decision of the armed forces and the police since they are the ones also who would be totally engaged in if there is really if there’s an offing oftrouble there, we should give credence to it actually,” he said.
It was initially said by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that they are hunting down in full force local networks of terrorists especially in areas of Maguindanao, Zamboanga, Basilan Sulu and Tawi-Tawi where there are Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Abu Sayyaf group and others.
According to a statement released by AFP spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla Jr. they aim to weaken or fully eradicate terrorists until they can are no longer become threats to the country’s security.
Before the year ends, they will give an assessment if there is a need to lift of extending martial law in Mindanao to resolve the remaining security threat.
Meanwhile, President Duterte defended the military personnel accused of looting during the height of the crisis in Marawi City and other violations of human rights.
“How will they steal those? I was there. And they were billeted in houses. And they were using the amenities of that house. The refrigerator. There was power. The electric fans are used. When they say borrowed, it’s only right. Those are very large things that you cannot hide in your pocket. And I do not believe that soldiers will steal those.” the President said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Other countries like Australia salute the capability of the Philippine military and police for successfully winning the battle in Marawi City.
They said the government forces were able to neutralize the Maute terror group despite having few number of troops.
According to Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) chief Col. Edgard Arevalo, representatives of the Australian government held a briefing with the Philippine military to determine how the Filipino troops were able to win the war.
In fact, Arevalo noted that Australia also requested for a counter-terrorism drill last week between the Australian defense force and soldiers of the AFP.
“We are glad because this only shows that our success is being recognized — our counter-terrorism operations in Marawi City,” said Arevalo.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed that other countries are seeking to observe and participate in the shoulder to shoulder exercises of the Philippines and the United States.
“We now have England observing that. Singapore also would like to participate that will have to sit down our table and craft the necessary document to allow their troops to stay in the Philippines,” said the defense secretary.
In line with this, the defense chief expressed gratitude to countries that commend the capability of Filipino soldiers and policemen.
“It’s heart-warming. It boosts the morale of our troops. That will drive our military and police to do more good for the country,” said Lorenzana.
The Marawi City siege lasted for 154 days. The battle ended faster than the war in Iraq which lasted for several years. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
In a televised speech, US President Donald Trump bragged his five-nation Asia tour as a tremendous success claiming America is back as a global leader.
“The days of the United States being taken advantage of are over. Other countries treat America with the respect that our country so richly deserves,” said Trump.
Trump returned on Tuesday night, from a tour that took him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
The president claimed to have won agreement from countries in the region to exert “maximum pressure” on North Korea in its development of nuclear weapons in defiance of U.N. sanctions.
He also mentioned of other accomplishments that resulted from his meeting with ASEAN and other partner countries such as paving the way for a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, and insisted on “free and reciprocal” trade relations with the Pacific Rim.
“At ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, we made it clear that no one owns the ocean. Freedom of navigation and overflight are critical to the security and prosperity of all nations,” said the US president.
On his trip to the Philippines, Trump vowed to deepen the US ties with the Philippines and preserve the long-standing alliance the following rift from his predecessor, citing the US help during the war in Marawi City.
“During our visit, President Duterte of the Philippines thanked the American people and our armed forces for supporting the recent liberation of Marawi from ISIS,” said Trump. — Reuters
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