Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Sunday questioned the need to place Negros Oriental under martial law, amid suggestions to do so following the recent killings in the province.
“Siyempre iyong gusto natin, maresolba kaagad. Pero ang pinakatanong: Martial law ba iyong solusyon?” Robredo asked during her weekly radio show.
Malacañang last week said President Rodrigo Duterte would surely place Negros Oriental under martial rule should the military and the local government units (LGUs) recommend it.
At least 20 people were reported killed in the province over the past days, including a lawyer, public school officials, a rebel returnee, and police intelligence officers who were allegedly executed by communists rebels.
Robredo questioned the need for martial law, however, given that this had failed to prevent similar incidents in Mindanao.
“Kasi nag-martial law sa Mindanao, ano na, mahigit isang taon na mula… magdadalawa na nga kasi mula 2017—dalawa na nga yata mula 2017—pero hindi naman na-prevent iyong mga karahasan,” she said.
“Saka hindi lang karahasan. May mga pambobomba, mayroon pang suicide bombers. So paano mo ma-e-ensure na ito iyong solusyon sa kaguluhan sa Negros?” argued Robredo.
Moving forward, Robredo called for authorities to immediately identify the culprits and make them liable for their wrongdoings.
“Iyong pinaka-solusyon sana… mahanap sino ba iyong behind dito sa mga patayan na ito?” she said.
“Kasi ang dami nang nabiktima—mayroong konsehal, mayroong barangay captain, mayroong dating mayor. Marami nang… marami nang nabiktima, pero hanggang ngayon, parang wala pa ding kaliwanagan kung saan nanggagaling, at sino iyong nasa likod ng karahasan na nangyayari,” added the vice president. — Jon Viktor Cabuenas/DVM, GMA News