Consult community first prior to recommending martial law in Sulu – Jolo bishop

Published August 27, 2020, 4:45 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Jolo Bishop Charlie Inzon appealed to authorities to consult stakeholders before making recommendations to impose martial law in Sulu.

Soldiers stretcher away a comrade after an improvised bomb exploded next to a military vehicle in the town of Jolo on Sulu island on August 24, 2020.
(Photo by Nickee BUTLANGAN / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“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.

 
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