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Angara: Mindanao residents more accepting of martial law

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Senator Sonny Angara on Thursday said he was likely to listen more to residents of Mindanao in deciding whether the state of martial law should be extended in the troubled region.

“Sa Mindanao, parang mas accepting sila sa martial law kesa sa Visayas and Luzon. Siguro dahil mas malapit sila sa trouble zones and war zones,” he told reporters.

Asked if that would influence his vote once Congress tackled the issue, Angara said it would be an “influential” factor.

“Syempre influential ang view ng mga nakatira dun kasi sila ang personal knowledge. Personal experience nila yun. Sila ang under threat so papakinggan namin sila,” he said.

He said there was still no advice from the Senate leadership about when a special session might be called for the third extension of martial law.

Mindanao remains under martial law, but it will lapse on December 31. The Armed Forces has recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte to extend it by another year.

This will require Congress’ concurrence in a joint session.