Mayors’ league head backs martial law in Visayas

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A MUSLIM policeman prays inside a building riddled with bullet holes as a mosque is reflected on a glass window during a lull in fighting in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on Monday. Security forces traded heavy gunfire with Islamist militants inside a southern Philippine city on May 29, as fears grew for up to 2,000 people unable to escape a week of fighting that has left women and children among the dead. (Ted Aljibe/AFP)

THE League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) in Iloilo expressed support for the declaration of martial law in Mindanao following the incursions by the Maute Group in Marawi City.

On a personal level, LMP-Iloilo president and Mayor Jett Rojas of Ajuy, Iloilo said he will also support moves to declare martial law in the Visayas if violence in Mindanao spreads to the rest of the country.

Rojas said Liga executive committee officers issued a statement backing the move of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in his home island.

“We communicated through phone and it was decided three to four days ago that LMP national will issue a statement of support to the president,” he said.

Rojas said he is personally supports the declaration due to the urgent need to maintain peace and order situation in Marawi before it escalates to other areas in Mindanao.

“I have talked with someone who stays in Marawi and works at the hospital. That person told me they were glad that a military rule was issued in the area as there were some Christians killed who were not included in the report,” he said.

He added that he will still support Duterte if the latter plans to expand martial law in the Visayas in case terrorism spills over from Mindanao.

As to the provincial level, Rojas said the Liga-Iloilo chapter will convene June 2, 2017 for their regular meeting to discuss the declaration.

LMP is composed of 1,489 towns in the country. It is presently headed by national president Maria Fe Brondial of Socorro, Oriental Mindoro.



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