Colmenares: Terrorism in Mindanao can be ended sans Martial law
Even as the Armed Forces of the Philippines mulls to lift Martial Law in Mindanao or not, senatorial bet and
former Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Neri Colmenares raised the issue why it remains implemented.
Colmenares, who recently visited Davao City said, the Duterte administration does not need to implement
martial law in Mindanao to suppress existing terrorism in the island in the first place, noting that government troops
have a history of success combatting terrorism even without Martial Law such as the Zamboanga siege in 2013 under the Aquino administration.
Last October 26, AFP General Carlito Galvez Jr. said in an interview that they are still assessing the continuing threat
of terrorism in Mindanao and “would work with the governors and mayors to get their prepossessions on their take on Martial Law.”
When asked why they still need to assess, General Galvez said there are still ongoing operations in “Mindanao’s
conflict areas”. He added that aside from the existing terrorism, there are new considerations including “major
activities such as the ouster and aklasan campaign” against the administration.
The authorities are also looking into the “different Oplan of the Communist Party in Mindanao”, said Galvez.
Continuing implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao
But Colmenares, who is a human rights lawyer, said that the continuing implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao
just a “ploy of the military” to “knock down the widespread opposition against government’s anti-people policies”.
“Military Law in Mindanao is a ploy to squash contradict and not by any stretch of the imagination against fear mongering. The military does not require Martial Law to end psychological warfare “, Colmenares included.
In the discoveries of the 2018 Conflict Alert report for Asia of the International Alert Philippines, it brought up that the Duterte organization’s overwhelming security approach won’t sufficient to address vicious clashes and really had impacts on flashpoints outside of Marawi, the city that under attack for 5 months by individuals from the Maute and Abu Sayyaf gatherings.
While human rights assemble Karapatan likewise said that in spite of the burden of Martial Law, demonstrations of psychological oppression proceeded in parts of Mindanao, implying the ongoing bombarding occurrences in North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Jolo territories.
The affirmation has broadened twice with, the second expansion to end on December 31 this year.