What Do You Mean by "Martial Law Na May Puso"?

"Mark Lapid is shookt!"

 

(SPOT.ph) President Rodrigo Duterte imposed Martial Law on the entire island of Mindanao on May 23, 2017 following the attack of the Maute militant group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. After the expiration of the 60-day period, the House of Congress approved the president's request to extend Martial Law in that region until December 31. The extension has been met with mixed reactions, but House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez emphasized that "this is a Martial Law na may puso."

 

The last time that Martial Law was implemented in the Philippines, from September 1972 until January 1981 under late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, tens of thousands of Filipinos were tortured and killed, wages plummeted by 30%, prices of basic commodities tripled, and international debt skyrocketed to billions of dollars. Since the Marawi crisis began in May 2017, it has displaced more than 200,000 residents and killed more than 1,000 people, including civilians. Human rights group Amnesty International also released a report accusing government troops in Marawi City of violations of international humanitarian law, including extrajudicial killings, illegal detention, looting, and others. But Rep. Suarez claims there have been no reports of abuses by the military.

 

So when he said on national television that “this is a Martial Law na many puso,” we choked on our coffee—like a number of other people on social media.

 

 

 

 

 

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