With the 60-day martial law in Mindanao ending on July 22 and the lawmakers still mulling on its extension, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) expressed its appreciation to the different leagues of local government units (LGUs) for their continued support to martial law.
DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy said the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) and the Liga ng mga Barangay issued separate statements manifesting their support to the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao.
We appreciate that the various leagues took their stand behind the President and our people in this critical hour when we need to ensure that good will triumph over evil. All of us should be united and work hand-in-hand with all other concerned national government offices in order to surmount this threat, Cuy said.
The quest for peace in Mindanao is not yet over, though we fervently hope that it will be very soon. As we all know, there is an on-going and continuous clearing operations of our troops on the ground which necessitates the extension, he added.
Earlier, the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) also released statements expressing their unequivocal support to the declaration of Martial Law by President Duterte on May 23, 2017.
Cuy had previously issued a directive to all DILG regional directors, provincial and city directors, the Philippine National Police, other attached agencies and bureaus, field officers, and other concerns as guidance on the Presidential Proclamation of Martial Law.
He reiterated his call for everyone to adhere and support the purpose and reason for the proclamation of the martial law, taking into consideration that this was done to restore and maintain peace and order in the affected area of conflict and to prevent any spillover elsewhere in the country.
Proactive action vs Mindanao 'forces'
In its statement released to the media, the LPP expressed their firm resolve to support and ensure the success of the proactive actions being taken by the Duterte administration to totally and completely address the 'forces within Mindanao'.
"We are cognizant of the urgent need for the extension to allow our government forces to continue with their operation, unhampered by deadlines and to focus more on the liberation of Marawi and its rehabilitation and rebuilding," LPP said.
On the other hand, the LNB also declared their full support to the extension of martial law and their commitment to fight and stand against all forms of terrorism and violent extremists.
We, the LNB, declare full support to the call of Pres. Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao, and the suspension of habeas corpus in the said area, for a period as may be recommended, reads the LNB resolution.
Source: Department of the Interior and Local Government