Senator Chiz Escudero on Wednesday wished that 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 stressed as voted against the extension of martial law in Mindanao for another year.
Escudero, together with four other senators, rejected the Palace’s request to extend martial law in Southern Philippines from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
“Martial law cannot be the new normal in Mindanao,” said Escudero, the only member of the Senate majority bloc who voted “no” to martial law extension.
“Can we not maintain this norm without resorting to extra ordinary measures?” he asked.
Escudero said that he sees “no strong basis” to extend it anew.
He 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.”
“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,” he 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.