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Lagman: Duterte ignored people’s sentiments

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Albay Representative Edcel Lagman said President Rodrigo Duterte has ignored the sentiments of the people when martial law was declared over Mindanao.

During the oral arguments over the petitions seeking the nullification of Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216 which declared martial law over Mindanao, Lagman cited Pulse Asia survey conducted in December 2016 which showed 74 percent of Filipinos interviewed were against martial law

“Seven in 10 Filipinos reject martial law even at a time of violence and terrorism,” said Lagman who was one of the petioners.

“But the President ignored this overwhelmingly anti-martial law sentiment when he imposed martial law in the whole of Mindanao, the very region where the martial law rejection is highest, even higher than the national average,” he pointed out.

Lawmaker indicated the survey results in Mindanao showed 75 percent against and only 11 percent in favor.

“Clearly, the people have not forgotten the atrocities, repression and corruption during the martial law regime of President [Ferdinand] Marcos,” he pointed out.