Peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas said declaring martial law in Mindanao, the second biggest island and the home to one-fourth of the country’s population will only put innocent civilians at risk of state perpetrated human rights violations.
PRO XI General Manuel Gaerlan tells Dabawenyos to stay calm hours after President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. ( Robby Joy Salveron/davaotoday.com)
The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said it is supporting the declaration of martial law as announced by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday issued guidelines for Davao residents to follow amid the Martial law declaration.
Moro activist Bai Ali Indayla blames the US and its Central Intelligence Agency for supplying armaments to terrorist groups. Indayla said the Moro people will suffer with the martial law declaration. (Paulo C. Rizal/davaotoday.com)
Scores of police officers in full combat gear patrol along Roxas Avenue in Davao City on the first day of Martial Law in Mindanao on Wednesday, May 24. (Paulo C. Rizal/davaotoday.com)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte floated on Wednesday the idea of imposing Martial law across the country to keep the law and order and thwart any further terroristic activity.
The city government of Tagum has beefed up its security plan by installing more checkpoints on the city’s major entry points as the entire Mindanao is now under Martial Law.
We need to reframe the Mindanao situation, rather than revive the inaccurate narratives and brutal formula of old.
President Rodrigo Duterte said the Martial Law he declared in Mindanao Tuesday night may be similar to what former President Ferdinand Marcos enforced in 1972.