May 24, 2017

Thinking Martial Law in Mindanao


Armed Forces of the Philippines by Sgt. Matthew Troyer (https://www.dvidshub.net/image/721166) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Yesterday, May 23, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao triggered by the attack of the Maute Group (an Islamist Group classified by Philippine Army as terrorist) in Marawi City (according to news source, rappler.com). According to Section 18, Article VII of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the President, “in case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety is requires it” may place the country under martial law.

This brings us to the assessment that the declaration of martial in Mindanao is constitutional or lawful. My opinion on this is that as long as the declaration will help solve the terror problems in Mindanao; then declare it, but there should be a time frame. Within two (2) months and the problem is not resolve, the government should think of new solutions to address the problem.

Many Filipinos have been abused by the misused martial law in the past years of 1986, by now; the people already knew how it feels to be deprived of liberty. Declaring martial, in my opinion, is good as long as it serves the benefit of the society and is time bound; you cannot declare martial law forever; it should be used to resolved heinous  problems. Martial law should not be used to concentrate power in the hands of the few that will result to deterioration of the power of the society, power of the people, power of the Filipinos.


It is too early to conclude what this recent martial law declaration will bring, but it is my hope (and maybe the hope of others as well) that this will bring peace to Mindanao and the whole country.


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