PH Army supports Imposition of martial law in Negros Oriental

PH Army supports Imposition of martial law in Negros Oriental

If Negros Oriental is declared under  Martial law the Philippine Army’s Third Infantry (Spearhead) Division, which has jurisdiction for the whole of Negros Island will support it.

The unexplained killings in the province has been rampant these few weeks that the problem has reached the doors of Malacanang so much so martial law is now being considered to make the place orderly and peaceful again.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) did not categorically made a statement if it will support such move by the government but opted to leave the decision to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

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“Whether or not to place Negros Oriental under the military rule “is a political decision” and the state forces were just the implementor of the rules should higher authorities deemed it necessary “to stabilize the peace and order situation” in the province, Major General Dinoh Dolina, commander of the 3ID said.

“We should rely on the wisdom of our duly-constituted authorities that everything will be done to promote the welfare of every Filipino citizen. As such, we will be ready to support and abide to the President’s decision to whether declare martial law in the province,” he stated.

PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde, he said  they have yet to receive any instructions or orders from the President on the possible declaration of martial law in Negros Oriental.

“There are no indications and the President has not said anything about it to us,” he said.

Pesidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo has been quoted earlier that President Duterte may declare martial law in Negros Oriental to stop the unabated killings and if security officials would recommend it.

According to the PNP, rom July 18 to 28, 21 individuals, including four cops, a human rights lawyer, school principal, Department of Education official, city councilor, former mayor, barangay chairman, and a one-year-old child among others have been killed by unidentified suspects in Negros Oriental.
Data from the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office said seven of the victims were killed in Ayungon town; four in Guihulngan; three in Canlaon; two each in Sta. Catalina, Siaton and Zamboanguita; and one in Dumaguete.

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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