House leaders back decision not to extend martial law in Mindanao

Published December 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

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By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Leaders of the House of Representatives trust the judgment of President Duterte as the country’s Commander-in-Chief when he decided to reject the extension of martial law in Mindanao.

House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)
House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)

Bohol Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado and Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the President knows well the situation on the ground and he made such decision based on security assessment by the military, police, and the Department of National Defense (DND).

“It is the prerogative of the President. He is aware of the peace and order situation in Mindanao,” Aumentado, chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology, said.

“I submit to the wisdom of President Duterte,” Barbers said.

The martial law in Mindanao is set to expire on December 31.

Anak Mindanao (AMIN) partylist Rep. Amihilda J. Sangcopan also thanked the President for not asking Congress to prolong martial law in the southern Philippines.

“As a Moro advocating for peace, it is a comforting thought that the government doesn’t see the extension of martial as necessary and relevant — especially now when the wheels of Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) are in place and rolling,” she said.

“I have faith in the promise of BOL. I believe that it has the capability to bring peace in Mindanao, the kind we are ardently praying for, for years,” she added.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, PBA party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles, AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin, and KABAYAN party-list Rep. Ron Salo earlier sided with President Duterte’s “wise and compassionate” decision not to extend martial law in Mindanao.

Rodriguez, chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, said martial law stunts the economic growth in Mindanao as it discourages investments by both foreign and domestic investors in the South.

He said the non-extension of martial law “will give normalcy and stability in our beloved island of Mindanao.”

Nograles said amid the President’s rejection of the martial law extension, the military should still be on guard to ensure public safety, citing that there are certain areas that need continued special concern from the Armed Forces due to the history of insurgent activity.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo earlier said President Duterte will not ask Congress to extend martial law.

On December 4, 2019, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana recommended to President Duterte not to extend the martial law in Mindanao based on the assessment conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

On December 12, 2018, Congress, in a joint session, granted President Duterte’s request to extend martial law anew for the third time and suspend the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

After more than three hours of deliberations, a total of 235 members of Congress voted in favor of the martial law extension, while 28 thumbed it down, and one abstained. The Senate voted 12-5-1, while the House of Representatives voted 223-23.

On December 6, 2018, President Duterte asked Congress to extend the martial law proclamation and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

On May 23, 2017, President Duterte imposed martial law in Mindanao for 60 days due to the Marawi siege.

For the second time, he requested Congress to extend martial law in the region until December 31,2017, and, in a special joint session on July 22, 2017, a total of 261 Congress members, including 16 senators approved the President’s request.

The President sought to extend the martial law for one more year “to quell rebellion completely” in Mindanao that prodded Congress to convene in a joint session on December 13, 2017.

After more than four hours of deliberations, Congress gave in to President Duterte’s request to extend martial law and suspend the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

A total of 240 members of Congress voted in favor of the martial law extension, while 27 rejected it. The Senate voted 14-4, while the House of Representatives voted 226- 23. (Charissa M. Luci-Atienza)

Original text follows…

House leaders trust President’s decision not to extend martial law in Mindanao
By CHARISSA M. LUCI-ATIENZA

Leaders of the House of Representatives trust the judgment of President Duterte as the country’s Commander-in-Chief, when he decided to reject the extension of martial law in Mindanao.

Bohol Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado and Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the President knows well the situation on the ground and he made such decision based on security assessment by the military, police and the Department of National Defense (DND).

“It is the prerogative of the President. He is aware of the peace and order situation in Mindanao,” Aumentado, chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology, said in an interview.

For his part, Barbers said, “I submit to the wisdom of President Duterte.”

The martial law in Mindanao, which is set to expire on December 31.

Anak Mindanao (AMIN) partylist Rep. Amihilda J. Sangcopan also thanked the President for not asking Congress to prolong martial law in the southern Philippines.

“As a Moro advocating for peace, it is a comforting thought that the government doesn’t see the extension of martial as necessary and relevant — especially now when the wheels of Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is in place and rolling,” she said in a statement.

“I have faith in the promise of BOL. I believe that it has the capability to bring peace in Mindanao, the kind we are ardently praying for, for years,” she added.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, PBA partylist Rep. Jericho Nograles, AKO Bicol partylist Rep. Alfredo Garbin and
KABAYAN partylist Rep. Ron Salo earlier
sided with President Duterte’s “wise and compassionate” decision not to extend martial law in Mindanao.

Rodriguez, chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, said martial law stunts the economic growth in Mindanao as it discourages investments by both foreign and domestic investors in the South preventing more employment of our people in Mindanao.

He said the non-extension of martial law “will give normalcy and stability in our beloved island of Mindanao.”

Nograles said amid the President’s rejection of the martial law extension, the military should still be on guard to ensure public safety, citing that there are certain areas that need continued special concern from our Armed Forces due to the history of insurgent activity.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo earlier said President Duterte will not ask Congress to extend martial law.

On December 4, 2019, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana recommended to President Duterte not to extend the martial law in Mindanao based on the assessment conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

On December 12, 2018, Congress – in a joint session – granted President Duterte’s request to extend martial law anew for the third time and suspend the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

After more than three hours of deliberations, a total of 235 members of Congress voted in favor of the martial law extension, while 28 thumbed it down and one abstained. The Senate voted 12-5 with one abstention, while House of Representatives voted 223-23.

On December 6, 2018, President Duterte asked Congress to extend the martial law proclamation and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

On May 23, 2017, President Duterte imposed martial law in Mindanao for 60 days due to the Marawi siege.

For the second time, he requested Congress to extend martial law in the region until December 31,2017 and, in a special joint session on July 22, 2017, a total of 261 Congress members, including 16 senators approved the President’s request.

The President sought to extend the martial law for one more year “to quell rebellion completely” in Mindanao that prodded Congress to convene in a joint session on December 13, 2017.

After more than four hours of deliberations, Congress, gave in to President Duterte’s request to extend martial law and suspend the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

A total of 240 members of Congress voted in favor of the martial law extension, while 27 rejected it. The Senate voted 14-4, while House of Representatives voted 226- 23.

 
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