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Lagman: Duterte ignored people’s sentiments

Jun 13, 2017 @ 13:20

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.

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  • Ray Tal

    With the arguments of Lagman before the SC, methinks that the framers of the 1987 Constitution both dead and alive must be grumbling for saying that the safeguards provided for in the Constitution are not well-thought of. I hope that the SC justices will quickly wrap-up the oral arguments and render its decision immediately to put a closure to this divisive issue put forth by the petitioners pretending to be patriots and champions of human rights. In the meantime, lives are lost everyday in Marawi with a total of 58 lives lost as of June 14, 2017.

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