By Leslie Ann Aquino
A Catholic prelate backed the extension of martial law in the south, saying that Mindanao needs it.
“Mindanao needs martial law. This is good for us here,” Ozamis Archbishop Martin Jumoad said in an interview.
He added that only those who live in Mindanao will understand this.
“Others may not understand us, but if you live in Mindanao then your eyes will be opened ‘why,” said Jumoad.
The prelate said they continue to trust the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in performing its task as peace keeper in Mindanao.
“We trust our men in the Armed Forces. We witness how professional the way they perform their work as peace-keepers,” Jumoad said.
The Ozamis prelate expressed hope that everybody, regardless of religion, will work for peace.
“May the people of Mindanao, Muslims, Lumads and Christians work for peace and harmony. Let us respect one another regardless of faith convictions,” he said.
“Our role now is to pray for the conversion of terrorists,” added Jumoad.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of extending martial rule in Mindanao until end of 2019 in a vote of 9-4.