Martial Law to be in the entire country not only in Mindanao

During the joint session of Congress regarding Duterte’s request for approval to extend the martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2018, because of the cited increase on Communist rebels activities, a Kusug Tausug Party-list Representative, Shernee Abubaka, reiterated her stand to President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the Philippines, not only just extending it in Mindanao, as the New People’s Army has already their forces in Luzon and Visayas.
“But, Mr. Speaker, there are still NPAs. And they could also make attacks in Luzon and Visayas,” Abubakar said.

“I reiterate my stand that martial law should be extended not just in Mindanao but also in Luzon and Visayas if it serves the best interest of our nation,” Abubakar added.

But this request of Shernee was disagreed Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana as the activities of the CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army) in Luzon and Visayas islands are under control according to him.

“In the Visayas and Luzon, manageable po ‘yung mga activities ng CPP-NPA kaya I don’t think that would be used to spread or include Visayas and Luzon in the martial law,” Lorenzana said.

According to Lorenzana, the 45 percent of local Communist forces are concentrated in Mindanao.


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