Se­nate backs mar­tial law

Panay News - - NATION -  By Princ Golez, Manila Reporter

MANILA – The Se­nate

e ex­pressed sup­port to the dec­la­ra­tion of mil­i­tary rule in Min­danao.

Fif­teen se­na­tors signed Se­nate Res­o­lu­tion No. 388 sup­port­ing the mar­tial law and the sus­pen­sion of the writ of habeas cor­pus in the en­tire ma­jor southern is­land:

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Aquilino Pi­mentel III, Se­nate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem­pore Ralph Recto, Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Vicente Sotto III, Juan Edgardo An­gara, Nancy Bi­nay, J V Ejercito, Sher­win Gatchalian, Richard Gor­don, Gre­go­rio Honasan I I , Pan­filo Lac­son, Loren Le­garda, Manny Pacquiao, Joel Vil­lanueva, Cyn­thia Vil­lar, and Juan Miguel Zu­biri.

Eight oth­ers did not sign: Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Fran­cis Es­cud­ero, Risa Hon­tiveros, Leila de Lima, Fran­cis Pangili­nan, Grace Poe, and Antonio Tril­lanes IV.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte placed the en­tire Min­danao un­der mar­tial law on May 23 fol­low­ing clashes be­tween mil­i­tary forces and the Maute ter­ror group in Marawi City,

ROMEO RANOCO / REUTERS

Evac­uees from Marawi City wait for the dis­tri­bu­tion of re­lief goods at an evac­u­a­tion cen­ter in Baloi town in Lanao del Sur. Govern­ment may tap “bil­lions of pe­sos” in calamity funds to pro­vide aid to those af­fected by the cri­sis, a law­maker says.

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