- Imposition of martial law in certain parts of Mindanao is an option to contain the Abu Sayyaf problem
- The Incoming AFP chief said it will study the option before presenting the matter to Duterte
- The next PNP Chief is also in favor of the imposition of martial law in places where the Abus operate
Incoming Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya said placing the provinces where the Abu Sayyaf Group operates under martial law is an option for the incoming Duterte administration to defeat the terror group.
“As far as I’m concerned, that is an option,” Visaya told journalists.
“Pwedeng pag-aralan natin ‘yan ‘yung pag-declare ng martial law dun sa Jolo, Basilan dahil nakita naman natin na parang there is a failure of governance, so perhaps that is one option that can be undertaken para ma-establish ang order sa Jolo at Basilan,” he added.
[We could look at declaring martial law in Jolo and Basilan because we see that there appears to be a failure of governance, so perhaps that is one option that can be undertaken to establish order in Jolo and Basilan.]
As mentioned in a GMA News Online article, Visaya said the AFP has to first study the option before presenting it to the incoming president.
Incoming PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa is also in favor of martial law imposition in certain parts of Mindanao to contain the Abu Sayyaf.
“If that’s what will solve the problem, then it’s good to do it,” Dela Rosa said.
Senators Tito Sotto and Panfilo Lacson were both open to the idea of martial law in Mindanao.
“I have no objections. I will agree,” Sotto said, while Lacson said he will join a move granting Duterte additional power to solve the problem posed by the Abu Sayyaf.
The terrorist group warned the government anew of another beheading if they will not get the ransom which they are demanding.