Martial law should be lifted in parts of Mindanao - Nene Pimentel
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte should lift his declaration of martial law over some parts of Mindanao, former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said Sunday.
Duterte first placed the Mindanao under military rule when the siege of Marawi City erupted in May 2017. His martial law declaration was recently extended for the third time until the end of this year.
The situation in Mindanao has changed since martial law was declared to contain the violence in Marawi, noted Pimentel.
This, he said, could justify lifting martial law for parts of Mindanao to lure investors.
"Sapagkat ang mga investor naman, paano papasok iyan sa lugar na magulo? Para magkaroon ng development, dapat maliwanag sa taumbayan na hindi naman buong Mindanao magulo," he told radio DZMM.
(How can investors venture into a chaotic area? For there to be development, it should be clear to the public that not all of Mindanao is chaotic.)
Among peaceful southern areas are Cagayan De Oro, parts of Davao, Cotabato, and Caraga region, he added.
Pimentel also said he will oppose any move to expand martial law to the entire country, which he said has no basis. Duterte has rejected nationwide military rule.
Pimentel was a political prisoner during the martial law years under the late former President Ferdinand Marcos.
The Philippines on Monday will mark the 33rd anniversary of the EDSA People Power that toppled the Marcos regime.
DZMM, 24 February 2019