Alvarez says Luzon, Visayas should’ve no say on martial law: We all feel safer in Mindanao

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Speaker Bebot Alvarez said politikos and pundits living in Luzon and Visayas residents should just keep their opinions to themselves on the proposal of the military and police to extend martial law in Mindanao for one year.

In an interview with CNN’s Pinky Webb, Alvarez said that if it was up to him, he’d rather keep martial law in effect until the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term because people from Mindanao feel safer with all the road checkpoints and increased military presence in the country’s biggest island region.

“Alam mo, dapat ang tanungin diyan yung taga-Mindanao. Kami. Kasi kami yung directly affected. Hindi naman yung mga taga-Luzon or taga-Visayas. Para sa akin, kung pupuwede lang mag-martial law kami hanggang matapos yung termino ng ating Pangulo which is 2022, para naman we feel secure and safe,” said Alvarez, a congressman from Davao Oriental.

“We feel safer. Every kilometer or so, mayroon kaming checkpoints. Tinitingan yung mga kung ano-ano iyang mga nasa bag diyan, hindi ba? Lahat kami, pumipila naman doon,” he added.

Duterte declared martial law all over Mindanao last May in response to the Maute group’s blitzkrieg siege on Marawi City. He obtained Congress’ nod to extend it to the end of the month. But even though Marawi has been cleared of terrorists two months, Duterte has hinted of extending it further with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police recommending a full year extension.

Alvarez agreed with the recommendation.

“Hindi lang basta… bigyan lang siya ng isang taon ba… hanggang 2022 naman yung kanyang termino hindi ba?Mabuti na iyan, nagbibigay siya ng deadline, hind ba? Nagbigay siya… kaysa naman wala talaga siyang ginagawa. At least ito, kung halimbawa matapos niya in one year, eh di maraming salamat,” he said.