Rep. Ace Barbers: Martial law in Mindanao ‘vital to restore peace’

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President Duterte and his allies win the numbers game in the Congress, but one politiko has publicly voiced out his support for the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Surigao del Norte Rep. Ace Barbers has urged his fellow lawmakers on Wednesday to support the President’s decision to put Mindanao under martial law, after local terrorists Maute group burned and took over buildings in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

“Martial law, in this current situation, is vital if we wish to restore peace,” Barbers said on a Facebook post.

According to the Constitution, the President should justify before the Congress the declaration of martial law within 48 hours. On a majority vote, the Congress may uphold, reject or extend it.

“We must act fast and be proactive in eliminating terror threats in Mindanao before the whole country suffers,” he said.

Huwag ka sanang magdilang anghel, Mr. Barbers.