Senate backs martial law
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,
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.