Friday, July 28, 2017

DOE exec backs martial law extension

LEGAZPI CITY, July 27 -- The decision of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to extend the implementation of martial law in Mindanao until the end of this year is much favorable and supported by Mindanaons, according to a ranking official of the Department of Energy (DOE).

DOE Undersecretary Benito Ranque, in a phone interview, said he and his fellow Mindanoans support and welcome the proposal of the President to extend the implementation of martial law in their region.

He said the extension of the martial law would resolve problems on the terroristic activities by extremists, including the decades-long insurgency carried out the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army.

Likewise, the extension of martial law would prevent the proliferation of illegal drugs in the area, he said.

Ranque also urged the people from Luzon and Visayas who are opposing the extension of the martial rule to stop protesting because they are not affected by terrorism in Mindanao.

"Stop protesting because it is us who are suffering from the problem of terrorism in Mindanao," Ranque added.

The tourism and business industries in Mindanao region are more affected by the ongoing war in Marawi City, he lamented.

Meanwhile, AKB Party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin said the extension of the martial law was recommended by the majority of House members.

"The representatives from Mindanao were very supportive of it following consultations with their constituents and other stakeholders in Mindanao," he said. (Jorge Hallare/PNA)