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Chiz only pro-admin senator to vote against martial law extension in Mindanao

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Administration Senator Chiz Escudero was the lone administration senator who voted no to the extension of martial law in Mindanao for another year.

In a statement, Escudero reiterated that the Constitution empowers the President to declare the country or parts of it under martial rule in case of “invasion or rebellion when public requires it.”

He was, however, outvoted by his colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The two chambers approved the third extension of martial law in Mindanao to up to Dec. 31, 2019 by a vote of 235-28 with one abstention.

The other four senators who voted against extension were opposition senators Franklin Drilon, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, and Kiko Pangilinan.

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto abstained from voting.

“Rebellion at invasion, at hindi pagpapanatili ng peace and order, pagpapaganda ng ekonomiya at hindi dahil gusto ng tao ang magiging basehan ng martial law,” Escudero said.

“Mindanao can achieve and has already achieved progress and peace through the efforts of the administration not because of martial law because it can do and not do the same things with or without martial law. Can we not maintain this norm without resorting to extra ordinary measures?” he said.

“Martial law cannot be the new normal in Mindanao. I wish Mindanao will continue to achieve peace and progress not because of the taint of martial law. Let us give credit to ourselves, not martial law,” Escudero pointed out.