CHR de­mands ‘strong rea­son’ for third mar­tial law ex­ten­sion

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MANILA, Philip­pines — ”There has to be a strong rea­son” should the gov­ern­ment move for an­other ex­ten­sion of mar­tial law in Min­danao.

This was Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights’ (CHR) re­ac­tion after the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) planned to rec­om­mend an­other mar­tial law ex­ten­sion in Min­danao.

Last De­cem­ber 3, Out­go­ing AFP chief of staff Gen. Car­l­ito Galvez Jr. cited ter­ror­ist in­ci­dents such as the Basi­lan blast, Sulu en­coun­ters, and bomb ex­plo­sions in Cen­tral Min­danao as some of the bas is for the rec­om­men­da­tion.

Last De­cem­ber 5, AFP

and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) also of­fi­cially signed the doc­u­ment rec­om­mend­ing the ex­ten­sion of mar­tial law i n Min­danao for an­other year.

The hu­man rights body then said mar­tial law is no longer nec­es­sary, not­ing that se­cu­rity forces are ca­pa­ble of ad­dress­ing threats in the coun­try.

“It has been the po­si­tion of the Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights that our se­cu­rity forces are fully ca­pa­ble of ad­dress­ing l aw­less vi­o­lence in the coun­try with­out the need for mar­tial law,” CHR spokesper­son Jacque­line de Guia said in a state­ment.

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