Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the government should consider lifting martial law in Mindanao which has been in effect since 2017.
Drilon made the statement Wednesday (July 24) after National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., said that he would recommend the extension of martial law in the region for another one year.
He said it has been “too long” since martial was declared in Mindanao affecting the everyday lives of Mindanaoans.
“We cannot tolerate an ‘unli’ martial law. The continued placing of Mindanao under martial law would set a dangerous precedent not to mention its economic and social implications,” Drilon said.
He said the government security cluster should study the situation in Mindanao and consider the consequences that may result citing the danger of prolonged martial law.
Drilon noted that even Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte was considering asking that her city be exempted from the declaration of martial law.
“There is nothing that shows actual rebellion and armed uprising in the region to justify the extension, which is required by the Constitution. There is no perpetual martial law. There must be an end to this,” Drilon added.