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Lanao lawyers back martial law but won’t be blind to abuses such as looting

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The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Lanao del Sur Chapter has assured it’s continued support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216 which declared martial law and suspended habeas corpus over Mindanao.

But the IBP chapter said this doesn’t mean it would turn a blind eye on the wrongs taking place under martial law.

“While the Integrated Bar of the Philippiunes-Lanao del Sur Chapter has expressed support in Mindanao particularly Marawi City to flush out the Maute Group and company therefrom, it has not closed its eyes on any forms of abuses committed in the implementation thereof,” its statement read.

“Since day one, the IBP-Lanao del Sur Chapter has been extra vigilant in safeguarding human rights of the people of Marawi City and Lanao del Sur by gathering first-hand data and information fresh from the battlefield,” it added.

So far, based on the reports it has received, the IBP chapter said it was shocked magnitude of looting taking place in the city due to the military and police “wanton disregard for the sanctity of domicile.”

“The remnants of ransacked residential and commercial establishments bear imprints of gruesome acts of blantant violations of law,” it cited.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Lanao del Sur Chapter has assured it’s continued support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216 which declared martial law and suspended habeas corpus over Mindanao.

But the IBP chapter said this doesn’t mean it would turn a blind eye on the wrongs taking place under martial law.

“While the Integrated Bar of the Philippiunes-Lanao del Sur Chapter has expressed support in Mindanao particularly Marawi City to flush out the Maute Group and company therefrom, it has not closed its eyes on any forms of abuses committed in the implementation thereof,” its statement read.

“Since day one, the IBP-Lanao del Sur Chapter has been extra vigilant in safeguarding human rights of the people of Marawi City and Lanao del Sur by gathering first-hand data and information fresh from the battlefield,” it added.

So far, based on the reports it has received, the IBP chapter said it was shocked magnitude of looting taking place in the city due to the military and police “wanton disregard for the sanctity of domicile.”

“The remnants of ransacked residential and commercial establishments bear imprints of gruesome acts of blantant violations of law,” it cited.

The IBP appealed to Lorenzana, to stop the police and military from conducting unauthorized forced entries of homes and businesses in Mindanao.

“Immediately stop searches and seizures without court warrants,” the IBP chapter demanded in its statement signed by its president, lawyer Aminoden Macalandap.

The IBP chapter informed Lorenzana that taking place in Marawi is the “ransacking of residential and commercial establishments without authority.”

It lamented the activities have caused “rampant loss of valuable personal belongings of innocent and helpless civilians.”

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