By Ali G. Macabalang, Bonita L. Ermac and Yas D. Ocampo
Iligan City/Buluan/Davao City– With an overwhelming vote of 240-27 favoring the extension of martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2018, the decision by the two Houses of Congress drew mixed reactions from the people in Mindanao.
Rep. Mauyag Papandayan (2nd District, Iligan) said he “appreciates” the decision to extend martial law for another year, citing the positive effects he has seen of the ongoing Martial Law in Mindanao.
“Alam mo napakaganda ng Martial Law, makita mo iyong mga tao walang nagdadala ng baril, pati MI (MILF) nakatago ang baril at pati personal na away ng mga Muslim medyo naglie-low,”Papandayan added.
He also believes that Martial Law has created a positive impact in Mindanao and this is why he did not hesitate to vote in favor of its extension.
In Lanao del Sur, a majority of its people would like the implementation of martial law extended saying that only those who are anti-government are against it.
The chairman of the league of provincial board members in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is also supportive of the one-year extension of Martial Law in the south.
“There is need to sustain the momentum in peace and security campaign achieved in the almost seven month-stint of the martial law in Mindanao. Hence, we express full support to its extension for another year,” Maguindanao senior board member Jazzer King Mangudadatu, ARMM league president, said here on Wednesday.
Mangudadatu explained the sharp contrasts between the martial law under the Marcos era and the Duterte administration. “The past version was very harsh, especially among the Moro people who suffered its brunt. The present (version) is humane that we should not worry about,” he pointed out in calling for public support.
Mangudadatu said Muslim provinces including Maguindanao have benefitted from the first seven-month enforcement of the martial law that began at the breakout of the Marawi siege last May 23.
“In our province, we have not seen the usual sights of civilian people wielding firearms in the streets in the advent of the martial law. Crime rates have decreased tremendously,” he said.
In communities of Lanao del Sur and Marawi City, however, some prominent Maranao personalities aired objections to the martial law extension using social media.
Maranao youth activist leader Drieza Abato Lininding said martial law extension would prevent further Marawi City evacuees from complaining about cases of abuses including alleged lootings in civilian houses by government troops.
Former Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panelist Robert Maulana Marohombsar-Alonto said the extended martial law could “worsen the trauma” of Maranaos from the brunt of the Marcos dictatorship and the five-month fighting in Marawi City.
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