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Di namin kaya mag-isa! Palace asks for public, gov’t support on martial law

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Malacañang has appealed to the public, as well as the entire government, for support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive cannot be by its lonesome even if Duterte has “acted swiftly and decisively” to suppress the conflict in Marawi City and prevent it from spreading to other provinces.

“We need the cooperation of the entire government and the support of our people to finally flush out the evil forces, restore normalcy, and bring peace to the island of Mindanao,” he said.

Abella, however, thanked the Senate for the resolution filed by 15 of its members expressing support for the declaration of martial law.

Senate Resolution 388 expressing was signed by the following senators, who all belong to the majority bloc: Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, and Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian, Richard Gordon, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Manny Pacquiao, Joel Villanueva, Cynthia Villar, and Miguel Zubiri.

“The acts committed by the Maute group are an open attempt to remove from the allegiance to the Philippine Government the part of Mindanao and deprive the Chief Executive of its powers and prerogatives to enforce laws of the land and to maintain public order and safety in Mindanao, hence constitutes the crime of rebellion,” the resolution read.

“The Senate finds the issuance of Proclamation No. 216 to be satisfactory, constitutional and in accordance with the law. The Senate hereby supports fully Proclamation No. 216 and finds no compelling reason to revoke the same,” it added.

Senator Francis Escudero, an ally of the administration, said he didn’t sign the resolution because he was unaware of such a document.

Meanwhile, Senator Grace Poe said she does not object to the declaration of martial law “if it is the pathway to ensuring the safety of our countrymen in Marawi.”