Cebu solon Del Mar on Martial Law expansion: Diyos ko wag po!
Cebu City 1st district Rep. Raul del Mar doesn’t relish the thought of Martial Law coverage being extended outside of Mindanao.
“God forbid, the law and order in the Visayas and the rest of the country be broken and used to justify a nationwide martial law,” Del Mar was quoted as saying in a SunStar Online report Sunday , May 28.
In fact, the House politiko is keen on reviewing President Rodrigo Duterte’s report on Martial Law–as mandated by the Constitution of Congress–in order to determine if the Commander-in-chief’s move was justified.
“We, legislators, must now do our job of examining the President’s report to Congress on the factual basis of his proclamation with zeal and the country’s interest at heart.
“And if the basis is valid, Congress must help and see to it that the conditions laid down by the Constitution are faithfully met,” Del Mar reckoned.
Duterte placed Mindanao under military rule for 60 days last May 23 after ISIS-linked Maute Group terrorists wreaked havoc in Marawi City.
The President subsequently said in a public speech that he may expand Martial Law coverage to the Visayas.