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“Go To Mindanao And Bring Your Arguments There”, Sotto Dared Martial Law Critics

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto, photo from philstar.com
After an overwhelming vote by the Congress 235-28, to extend the Martial Law in Mindanao, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto knew they would meet some resistance in the Senate. He advised those 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 dared those Politicians who were against the Martial Law extension to go there in Mindanao, and see for themselves. And tell it to the people in the south that they are against the extension.

“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.

Overwhelming Vote

While the Congress was united in their approval of the ML extension with a 235-28 vote, the Senate votes were not as decisive. The vote was 12-11, with 12 senators voting for the extension, 5 voting against it, 1 abstained, 2 did not participate in the voting, while 3 were not able to attend.

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.

3rd Extension

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.

Source: newsinfo.inquirer.net