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Davao City Council backs martial law exemption

July 11, 2019 - Thursday 4:07 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image WATCHFUL. Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte supports Mayor Sara Duterte’s proposal to exempt Davao City from the coverage of martial law. ARJOY M. CENIZA

DAVAO CITY -- Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte on Tuesday said the City Council will prioritize the discussion of Mayor Sara Duterte’s proposal to lift martial law in Davao City during next week’s Executive Legislative Agenda (ELA) meeting.

Speaking to reporters In his first media briefing on Wednesday, Sebastian said his sister has the capacity to ensure the peace and order of the city.

“Tan-aw nako kung mao na ang gusto ni Mayor Sara, tan-aw nako capable man siya of securing the City, so di man niya buhaton in the first place ang mag-propose kung di niya kaya,” he said.

(I think if that’s what Mayor Sara wants, she is capable of securing the city. She would not be proposing that if she weren’t capable.)

PRIORITY. Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte (left, in a huddle with councilors Ralph Abella, Melchor Quitain, and Jesus Joseph Zozobrado) says the City Council will prioritize the discussion of the lifting of martial law in Davao City. ARJOY M.. CENIZA

In a speech during the 5th Davao Investment Conference (ICon) on June 20, the mayor said she will request President Rodrigo Duterte to lift martial law in Davao City following her discussion with ambassadors and officials of the countries present during the event.

She said she wants martial law to be enforced only in areas where peace and order remain unstable.

President Duterte had declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017 when terrorists laid siege to Marawi City.

It was supposed to last only 60 days but Congress, upon the request of the President, voted to extend it until the end of the year.

In late 2017, Congress again voted to extend martial law to the end of 2018.

Towards the end of the year, Congress voted for another extension, this time up to the end of 2019.

Mayor Sara Duterte wants martial law to be enforced only in areas in Mindanao where peace and order remain unstable. Arjoy M. Ceniza

Police support

Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 director Police Chief Superintendent Marcelo Morales said his office will fully back the city government’s request.

“We are confident that even without martial law, we have sufficient will, capacity, and support to continue to address any problems that may arise,” Morales said.

“I know that our beloved mayor knows what is best for the city of Davao as a whole and with that, we will support her wisdom at all cost,” he added.

Morales said one of the factors for excluding Davao City from martial law is the good coordination of the Local Government Unit (LGU) and police security forces that resulted in intensified security measures being implemented even without martial law.

“In fact, we have proven once again our work efficiency and effectiveness as we maintained to be  on top of the PNP-DIDM (Philippine National Police Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management)'s list among all police regional offices in the country citing the rise of the crime solution efficiency to 85.41 percent for the 1st quarter of this year compared to 74.34 percemt of same period last year,” he said.

“Likewise, crime clearance efficiency (CCE) also increased by 8.85 percent while crime solution efficiency (CSE) increased by 11.07 percent,” he added.