July 18, 2018, 11:43 pm
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Questions on martial law

The current priority issue the government now has to decide on is whether to extend or lift Martial Law in the whole of Mindanao or just implement it in select or ‘problematic’ areas of the region.

From the perspective of businessmen and law-abiding citizens from the region, the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao is a welcome relief because it generally improved peace and order and security issues in many localities thereat.

Only the ISIS-inspired terror groups and the extortionist New People’s Army bandits and similar lawless elements are badly affected by Martial Law since the AFP and the PNP have managed to limit their movement and operations.

The Supreme Court recently decided that Martial Law in Mindanao is constitutional and has factual basis, but it would end on July 23 as its existence is limited to only 60 days.

Now, President Duterte is awaiting recommendation from the AFP and the PNP on the lifting or continuation of Martial Law implementation in Mindanao while Congress has sounded its inclination for its extension.

I think and I believe that Martial Law in Mindanao should only be implemented in select areas in the region where ISIS-inspired terror groups like Abu Sayyaf-Maute group and extortionist New People’s Army bandits and other lawless elements thrive.

These terrorist and bandit groups are the main reasons why many parts of Mindanao suffers from peace and security problems for decades, shooing away business and investors’ confidence resulting to socio-economic and political regression in the region. – JOMARIE KAYE PATALINGHUG, Cebu
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