After an overwhelming vote by the Congress 235-28, to expand the Martial Law in Mindanao, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto realized they would meet some opposition in the Senate. He exhorted the individuals who are against the Martial Law extension to go to the south and “say what they want to say there.”
Go There: In a report from Inquirer News, Senate President Tito Sotto challenged those Politicians who were against the Martial Law augmentation to go there in Mindanao, and see with their own eyes. Furthermore, instruct it to the general population in the south that they are against the expansion.
“I wish those against ML in Mindanao to go there and say there what they are saying here, They don’t need t live there. Just go there and say that they are against it.” the senate president exclaimed.
While the Congress was joined in their endorsement of the ML expansion with a 235-28 vote, the Senate cast a ballot were not as definitive. The vote was 12-11, with 12 legislators voting in favor of the augmentation, 5 casting a ballot against it, 1 went without, 2 did not take part in the casting a ballot, while 3 were not ready to visit.
Interestingly, Senator Ralph Recto abstained from voting, not because he is against the extension, but he wanted a six-months extension rather than the proposed 1 year extension.
Senator Chiz Escudero voted against the extension for his own reasons, Sotto explained.
While those opposing the extension are planning to take the fight to the Supreme Court, this will be the 3rd extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao. It can be remembered that Duterte first placed the region under Martial Law on May 23, 2017, after the terrorist group Maute attacked Marawi City.
Congress then later approved its extension until December 2018 due to the continuing rebellion happening in Mindanao.