Misamis Oriental Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano said yesterday, July 19, that while he is not against President Rodrigo Duterte’s proposal to extend the Martial Law in Mindanao from its set existence of 60 days to 222 days, military troops should be able to curb terrorism and end the ongoing crisis in Marawi City before its effects in the local economy gets worse.
In an article from Sunstar CdeO News Website, Emano cited the case of a local mayor who owns a gasoline station. The mayor said that his business dropped sales from 20,000 liters a day to 8,000 liters since Martial Law was declared.
Emano said that since the military is currently at a standoff with terrorists in Marawi City, the proposed Martial Law of the President is deemed important.
He also believes that once the fighting is over and the Martial Law has been lifted, things will eventually go back to normal and recovery will follow as well.
Meanwhile, CdeO Mayor Oscar Moreno said that it is up to the decision of the Congress to extend the Martial rule or not.
He also believes that the resolve of the President to extend the Martial Law will not lead to the establishment of dictatorship.
He said that anything that will affect Mindanao can also affect the city so it is better to be prepared by allowing any peace and order proposal from the government than regret later on.