15 Senators back Martial Law

House Majority Leader Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III sign the report submitted by President Rodrigo Duterte in declaring martial law and suspending the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao during the the special Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on May 25, 2017. /PPD

MANILA, Philippines — Majority of the 23 senators threw support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration while six senators want the issue discussed before a plenary.

The senators believe the declaration was within the bounds of the Constitution and in accordance with the law.

On May 23, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial and the suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in the entire Mindanao island following the Marawi siege.

The martial resolution passed Monday was contained in Senate Resolution No, 388 which was passed Monday.
Among those who supported include; Senate Resolution No. 388 Monday were Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian, Richard Gordon, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Manny Pacquiao, Joel Villanueva , Cynthia Villar and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

The Senators believe it is necessary to resolve the Marawi crisis.

But Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero did not sign the resolution.

Senators Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes IV, and Leila de Lima, who has been detained at Camp Crame in Quezon City over drug charges want the resolution deliberated during the plenary.

It approving the resolution it states “Now, therefore, be it resolved, as it is hereby resolved, by way of the sense of the Senate that the Senate finds the issuance of Proclamation No, 216 to be satisfactory, constitutional and in accordance with the law.”

Among the reasons cited by the president in his report is the “series of violent acts committed by the Maute terrorist group, such as the attack on the military outpost in Butig, Lanao Del Sur in February 2016,” the resolution said.

“The said attack resulted in the killing and wounding of several soldiers and the mass jailbreak in Marawi City in August 2016 which freed and arrested comrades of the terrorist group and other detainees.”

The resolution also cited Maute group’s takeover of a hospital in Marawi City, burning of certain government and private facilities and wounding of government troops last May 23.

“The Senate hereby supports fully Proclamation No. 216 and finds no compelling reason to revoke the same,” it further said./Newsline.ph