Davao City Council asks Duterte to lift martial law

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2019 01:28 AM

DAVAO CITY—The Davao City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution asking President Rodrigo Duterte to lift martial law in the city.

Councilor Mabel Acosta, chairman of the peace and public safety committee, filed the resolution.

The president's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, had said that the martial law left some investors wary.

"Martial law has negative connotation. Some countries are still issuing travel advisory. So we are supporting this [resolution]," said Art Millan, president of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The police and military also support the lifting of military rule in the city.

"Wala kaming na-receive against human rights ng ating personnel... kahit naman walang martial law, dinidisiplina namin ang personnel namin," said Police Maj. Jason Baria, spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO) Davao Region.

Army 10th Infantry Division (ID) Captain Roberto Escalona also said the peace and order situation in the city remains under control.

The president placed the entire island of Mindanao under martial law in May 2017 after Islamic State-inspired terrorists attacked and held the Islamic City of Marawi.

The original martial law declaration was supposed to last only for 60 days, as indicated in the Constitution, but Congress voted to extend it until the end of 2017 to help troops end the siege.

Military rule in Mindanao has since been extended twice, with the latest until the end of 2019, to quell terror groups that "continue to defy the government."—With a report from Bonna Pamplona, ABS-CBN News