Martial law in Maguindanao?
I really hate to see military power wilded in such away, but possibly its the only answer to rid this area of private armies. But isn't the military and the police already trying to do just that?
A congressman asked yesterday President Arroyo to declare martial law in Maguindanao to “suppress lawless violence” in the province and cause the immediate arrest of the estimated 100 men behind the vicious massacre of 57 people in the province.
Quezon City Rep. Matias Defensor Jr., chair of the House committee on justice, made the proposal as Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro, Jr. called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to immediately order the suspension of the civilian permits to bear firearms outside of residence, particularly in war-torn areas and so-called election ”hotspots” to prevent another Maguindanao massacre.
Defensor, also chairperson of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD in Quezon City, said oppositors should argue against his recommendation “not on the basis of political expediency but on the basis of how Filipinos could best obtain justice for the slain women, journalists and civilians” in the carnage.
The veteran lawmaker pointed out that that Congress, voting jointly, may revoke within 48 hours the martial law proclamation.
He added that the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus may also be studied as an option to stop bloodshed in Maguindanao.