Congress must perform its duty of limiting the duration of Martial Law to ensure that checks and balances in government remain.
This was stressed by Sen. Bam Aquino during his brief manifestation during the special session to discuss the Martial Law extension being requested by President Duterte.
"I would definitely try to move for a shorter period of time," Sen. Bam told Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
"Nakasaad sa Konstitusyon na kapangyarihan at tungkulin ng lehislatura ang magdesisyon ukol sa pag-extend ng Martial Law. Kaya't ang mas maikling panahon na 60 days ay hindi deadline, bagkus isang pamamaraan na kung saan nagagawa ng lehislatura ang aming tungkulin," the senator said.
"At hindi ba nararapat lang na humingi ng pagsang-ayon ang militar sa mga sibilyan na awtoridad?" he added.
The senator reiterated the Congress' support for the military, saying lawmakers are ready to provide soldiers the necessary equipment and legislative reforms they need to quell the terrorism in Marawi once and for all.
"Iyong Modernization Act kailangang ipagpatuloy, baka kailangang i-amend ang Procurement Act at iba pang mga batas upang magawa niyo ang trabaho nang maayos," said Sen. Bam, to which Sec. Lorenzana agreed to.
However, Sen. Bam stressed the need to be prudent about the Martial Law extension to completely quell terrorism in Mindanao.
"Let us not forget that it is robust development - education, jobs, business and livelihood - that will ultimately beat terrorism," said Sen. Bam.
The senator added that Martial Law will not help achieve economic development and rehabilitation of the affected areas.
Source: Senate of the Philippines