STATEMENT OF MINORITY SENATORS ON MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO

We propose that the martial law in Mindanao be lifted as soon as possible so that we can all focus on the rehabilitation of the devastated lives and livelihoods of the people of Marawi City and nearby areas.

We oppose any move to extend military rule in Mindanao beyond the December 31 deadline granted by Congress.

Mismong militar na ang nagdeklarang malaya na ang Marawi City mula sa kuko ng teroristang Maute kaya wala nang dahilan pa upang palawigin ang batas militar sa rehiyon. Ang sinasabing banta sa kaayusan at krimen ay maaari nang tugunan ng mga pulis.

Instead of focusing on extending martial law, the government should train its sights on the quick rehabilitation of Marawi City so our Maranao brothers and sisters can resume their normal lives at the soonest possible time.

The minority in the Senate is ready to support government plans and programs to bring Marawi City back on its feet.