Jolo Bishop Charlie Inzon appealed to authorities to consult stakeholders before making recommendations to impose martial law in Sulu.
“It would be better to consult stakeholders, such as the local government, civil society organizations, religious groups, private organizations for it to be successful,” he told church-run Radio Veritas, Wednesday.
Bishop Inzon also stressed the importance of “community support and cooperation” in achieving peace and unity in the region.
Army chief Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana suggested the implementation of martial law in Sulu following the twin blasts that hit Jolo last Monday, which left at least 17 people dead and 70 others injured.
When the twin blasts happened, Bishop Inzon sought prayers for the people of Jolo.
He also asked the faithful to pray for an end to such violent activities which often victimizes innocent people.