DAVAO CITY - Mayor Sara Duterte plans to seek the help of the House of Representatives to exempt Davao City from martial law in Mindanao.
According to Duterte, she sent a letter to the Office of the President last August 7 and attached documents to support her request.
She added she will also be sending copies of the documents to the House of Representatives and the Department of National Defense.
“Naghatag na ta og letter August 17 ata. Narelease nato ang letter sa Office of the President giattach na nato tanan nga mga supporting documents nato kung ngano nagarequest ta nga maexempt sa martial law ang Davao City and yesterday nagdiscuss napud mi ana and then I said na mas maayo pud siguro nga ipadala nato ang atoang documents sa House of Representatives sa Senate ug sa Department of National Defense," she said in a press conference Monday.
(Nagbigay na tayo ng sulat August 17 ata sa Office of the President. Naka-attach yung mga supporting documents bakit natin gustong maexempt sa martial law. Wala pa kaming update. Kahapon napag-usapan ulit namin. So sabi ko mas mabuti siguro na magpadala rin tayo ng documents sa House of Representatives sa Senate at sa Department of National Defense.)
Last June 2019, Mayor Duterte announced that they will request the Office of the President to reconsider and review the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and make it localized.
The City Council came up and passed a resolution last August requesting the President that martial law be lifted in the city.
The Police Regional Office XI also expressed its support on the exemption, with reference to the decrease in the city’s crime volume and crime rate.
But Malacañang was against the proposal because it might result in violence in other areas.
Despite the martial law implementation, in 2018, the economy of Davao grew by 8.6 percent, the second fastest growing region in the Philippines making it to the list of the top 5 highly urbanized cities.
The government placed Mindanao under martial law in 2017 following the Marawi siege and will continue until December 31, 2019.