Governors from the Davao Region have expressed support for the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao by both houses of Congress last Wednesday.
In addition, top commanders of the Armed Forces of the Philippines units assigned in the Davao area and regional and provincial directors of the Philippine National Police welcome the extension in separate statements of support , saying Martial Law brings a lot of advantages to Mindanao (See separate story).
In a press statement, Davao Oriental Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang said the extension would ensure the safety of the general public.
Dayanghirang said Martial Law was designed to address security threats, especially for the business sector to feel more confident about their investments.
He also assured development projects in his province are continuously implemented without impediments and that peace and development initiatives and efforts will be sustained.
Dayanghirang then urged the public to be vigilant and cooperative to the authorities.
“As we continue to place our trust to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in securing sustainable peace in our country, we express further our profound gratitude to the soldiers and the police force for doing a great job in safeguarding our peace and security,” he said.
Compostela Valley Gov. and Regional Peace and Order Council Chairperson Jayvee Tyron Uy said that the the decision of the Philippine Congress favoring the Martial Law extension in Mindanao will continue to reduce crime incidents and would further enhance security measures.
“This declaration will be complimented by our peace initiatives premised on socio-economic reforms, dialogues, and consensus-building, reintegration, and reconciliation of former rebels into the mainstream society, protecting the civilians and creating a climate conducive for peace.
He also expect a strong coordination between the civilian and the military to address terrorism issues in the island.
Davao del Norte Gov. Antonio del Rosario also favored the extension.
“Martial Law should continue in Mindano until there is true peace and order,” del Rosario said.
He said that the Martial Law extension should not be feared “for as long as the people are not doing anything illegal”.
He then asked his constituents to remain calm and proceed with their daily activities.
The House of Representatives and Senate in a joint session on Wednesday favored President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend the Martial Law.
Duterte cited the continuous presence of certain terrorist groups like the Abu Sayyaf, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and Daulah Islamiyah, conducting lawless activities in Mindanao.
Duterte first declared martial law in Mindanao in May 2017 due to clashes between government troops and Maute group terrorists in Marawi City.