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Martial law in Mindanao one of Duterte’s ‘best achievements,’ say solons

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By Ellson Quismorio

At least two congressmen reckoned that one of the Duterte administration’s greatest achievements for 2018 is the effective implementation of martial law in Mindanao.

Camiguin lone district Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo and Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers gave this assessment amid calls for another extension on the validity of military rule in the far south.

Camiguin Rep. Xavier Jesus “XJ” Romualdo (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

Camiguin Rep. Xavier Jesus “XJ” Romualdo
(Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I’d say the very orderly and effective implementation of martial law in Mindanao [is the Duterte administration’s greatest achievement for this year],” said Romualdo, chairman of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability.

“We haven’t had reports of abuses by the military or law enforcement and there has been no significant terrorist-insurgent act or attack after the Marawi siege, which shows that the government has indeed been able to suppress these insurgent groups,” he explained.

President Duterte declared martial law in the entire Mindanao on May 23, 2017 following an attack by an estimated 1,000 ISIS-inspired Maute group terrorists in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

The validity of military rule in the area–which had an original duration of two months–has since been extended by Congress through a joint session twice, upon the President’s request. The latest extension covers the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

Barbers, chairman of the Committee on Dangerous Drugs, also saw the implementation of martial law in his home region as a “big success,” particularly this year. “Yes it’s a big success. It eliminated and significantly reduced the crimes perpetrated by armed groups and syndicates,” he said.

On top of this, he also pointed to the government’s gains in its ongoing anti-illegal drug campaign and anti-corruption drive as bright spots for the Duterte administration in 2018.

“The success in the anti-drug war and the continuing campaign against corruption are [President Duterte’s] achievements. Those are his two main advocacies. There has been no let up in his campaign,” he underscored.

Reports said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) leadership will recommend to Duterte another year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao due to the “lurking threat” of terrorism.

Congress has only until next week to vote on a possible extension, since lawmakers from both Chambers will go on a month-long holiday break starting December 13. (At least two congressmen reckoned that one of the Duterte administration’s greatest achievements for 2018 is the effective implementation of martial law in Mindanao.

Camiguin lone district Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo and Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers gave this assessment amid calls for another extension on the validity of military rule in the far south.

“I’d say the very orderly and effective implementation of martial law in Mindanao [is the Duterte administration’s greatest achievement for this year],” said Romualdo, chairman of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability.

“We haven’t had reports of abuses by the military or law enforcement and there has been no significant terrorist-insurgent act or attack after the Marawi siege, which shows that the government has indeed been able to suppress these insurgent groups,” he explained.

President Duterte declared martial law in the entire Mindanao on May 23, 2017 following an attack by an estimated 1,000 ISIS-inspired Maute group terrorists in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

The validity of military rule in the area–which had an original duration of two months–has since been extended by Congress through a joint session twice, upon the President’s request. The latest extension covers the period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

Barbers, chairman of the Committee on Dangerous Drugs, also saw the implementation of martial law in his home region as a “big success,” particularly this year. “Yes it’s a big success. It eliminated and significantly reduced the crimes perpetrated by armed groups and syndicates,” he said.

On top of this, he also pointed to the government’s gains in its ongoing anti-illegal drug campaign and anti-corruption drive as bright spots for the Duterte administration in 2018.

“The success in the anti-drug war and the continuing campaign against corruption are [President Duterte’s] achievements. Those are his two main advocacies. There has been no let up in his campaign,” he underscored.

Reports said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) leadership will recommend to Duterte another year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao due to the “lurking threat” of terrorism.

Congress has only until next week to vote on a possible extension, since lawmakers from both Chambers will go on a month-long holiday break starting December 13.

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