NINETY-nine percent of my constituents in Iligan City are in favor of martial law extension in the entire Mindanao.
I ask the government to slash away security threats by at least 30 percent, decimate lawless groups in one year.
Walang forever na martial law in Mindanao. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP) must produce the at least 30 percent reduction in security threats so they can return Mindanao to the civilian PNP.
Those rebel groups, terrorists, lawless armed groups, and private armies must be wiped out this year. Hunt them down, every last one of them, so there will be no more need for martial law after this extension because after this, Congress would not be in the mood for another round of this.
Compelling political reasons for extending martial law now are the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, the May 2019 elections, and the installation into office of the elected officials. Martial law extension ensures order, safety and security of Mindanao for these political exercises.
Lastly, I am optimistic that this martial law extension shall result to lasting peace and prosperity in Mindanao. -- Representative Frederick Siao, Iligan City