Bambi to back pos­si­ble mar­tial law ex­ten­sion

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Al­wen Salir­ing

Misamis Ori­en­tal Gover­nor Yevgeny Emano said he will yield to the de­ci­sion of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte and the congress if the Mar­tial Law in Min­danao is ex­tended for another pe­riod.

But, Emano has played coy when asked if he is for or against pro­long­ing the mil­i­tary rule in the is­land.

“I will leave it to the se­nate and congress,” Emano said.

Of­fi­cials of the state se­cu­rity forces have sup­pos­edly got­ten a fa­vor­able re­sponse from lo­cal of­fi­cials and res­i­dents when they re­port­edly made

across the is­land to get their opin­ion over the rec­om­men­da­tion to pro­long the mar­tial rule.

How­ever, Emano said he was not con­sulted by any of­fi­cials of the mil­i­tary or the po­lice.

“I was not yet con­sulted. Basta I will yield it to congress and se­nate,”he said.

“Kung mauy­onan nga dili pa­day­onon, maghimo kita og lain nga mga paagi nga ma­pa­dayon atong mga check­points sa kadalanan ug hugot nga se­guri­dad,”he added.

The mil­i­tary and the po­lice have been want­ing to ex­tend Mar­tial Law as they claimed that the threat of ter­ror­ism re­mains in the is­land and that they want to se­cure the mid-term elec­tions in May next year.

How­ever, lu­mad groups and pro­gres­sive or­ga­ni­za­tions have been op­pos­ing the idea of ex­tend­ing the Mar­tial Law be­cause for them it will only ag­gra­vate hu­man rights abuses and vi­o­la­tions, mostly vic­tim­iz­ing the lu­mad farm­ers and civil­ians in hin­ter­land com­mu­ni­ties.

Datu Jo­morito Goaynon, chair­man of the re­gional lu­mad group Kalum­bay, said count­less hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions have been ac­counted in­clud­ing trumped-up charges and red­tag­ging of pro­gres­sive group lead­ers and rights de­fend­ers as ei­ther mem­bers of sup­port­ers of the com­mu­nist New Peo­ples Army (NPA).

Goaynon said the re­sump­tion of peace talks to ad­dress the root cause of so­cial in­jus­tice and vi­o­lence is the solution and not Mar­tial Law.

Emano is also call­ing for the gov­ern­ment and the Na­tional Demo­cratic Front-Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines (CPPNDF) to go back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble and talk about achiev­ing last­ing peace.

“I will ap­peal to the gov­ern­ment and CPP-NPA nga ma­ba­lik ang peace talks kay dako og prob­lema kung dili ma­ba­lik,” Emano said.

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