Misamis Gov Emano can’t wait for martial law to end. Here’s why
Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Emano said the situation in Mindanao will only improve after the lifting of martial law.
Emano, in a SunStar Online report Thursday (July 20), noted how the local towns have suffered under the implementation of martial law which President Rodrigo Duterte declared over the southern islands on May 23. This was after the Maute terror group’s occupation of Marawi City that same day.
The governor said that local businesses and tourism are hurting over the regime of military rule.
“A mayor, who is an owner of a gasoline station, was hurt of the declaration. Before martial law was declared, he sells not less than 20,000 liters per day. But since the declaration, it dropped to only around 8,000 liters a day. So it’s hard to admit but it happened,” Emano was quoted as saying in the report.
The 60-day implementation of military rule will lapse on July 22. There is a special joint session scheduled on that day to determine whether or not to grant Duterte’s request for an extension.
Emano’s apprehensions on martial law notwithstanding, he reckoned that its extension is necessary especially if government troops have yet to completely regain control of Marawi.