SENATOR Manny Pacquiao yesterday said that martial law should stay in Mindanao because of the benefits to peace and order.
“Walang problema sa Mindanao kung may extension ang martial law. Mas makabubuti nga sa amin. Positive ang reaction ng mga tao, hindi problema ang martial law,” Pacquaio, a Mindanaoan, said in a radio interview.
Pacquiao believes that there is much to be done in Mindanao in order to achieve true peace and order, the reason why President Rodrigo Duterte is asking the Senate to extend martial rule in the region until the end of 2019.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III confirmed yesterday that they will be briefed by top military officials this coming Monday on why there is a need for a martial law extension in Mindanao.
Majority of the members of the Senate insisted that there should be a detailed briefing from the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the cause and needs for martial law before they can decide if an extension is warranted.
The martial law in Mindanao was first implemented in August 2017 because of the terrorist attack in Marawi City and was later extended up to December 31 this year.