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Military can keep peace in Mindanao without martial law, Alejano says

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano said tapping the military force is enough to maintain peace and security in Mindanao.

Alejano made the statement after the two houses of Congress on Wednesday approved to extend the martial law declaration in the southern part of the country for another year.

In his “no vote” explanation, Alejano noted that having a military rule was only for “emergency and temporary” purposes.

“Ang pagdeklara ng Martial Law ay isang extraordinary measure na nakadisenyong ayusin ang problemang pang-seguridad sa maikling panahon. Maikling panahon lamang my dear colleagues. Ang nangyayari sa atin ngayon ay ang Martial Law ay nagiging ordinaryo na lamang, at ang mas nakakabahala, ito ay nagiging pangmatagalan,” said Alejano.

Alejano said martial law was now being equated by the Duterte Administration as the conduct of military operations against enemies of the state especially in Mindanao, but the government can always call the country’s security forces to address security threats without imposing military rule.

“Noon pa man, walang basehan sa ating Konstitusyon ang pag-extend ng Martial Law sa buong Mindanao… hindi lahat ng problema ng bansa ay nadadaan sa takutan, nadadaan sa gulo, nadadaan sa patayan, said Alejano.

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