Vice President Leni Robredo anticipates the shortage of supply for Marawi. This is as the clashes between the military and the rebels are ongoing. Distribution of relief goods, however, cannot pursue yet because AFP said it’s still dangerous to enter the affected area. Robredo sincerely hopes that the conflict won’t last long, as well as the effectivity of martial law. This is evident because the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos is noted for it which she detests.
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[VIDEO]: MAGKAISA: Vice President Leni Robredo called for unity as government troops continue to engage in a firefight against a local terrorist group in Marawi City.
Vice President Leni Robredo directs her office to prepare relief operations for Filipinos affected by the conflict in Marawi City. However, it is put on hold because of the danger for the distribution process. She urges everyone to pray and do not go out of the house instead. This will help the military, she said.
The Vice President assures everyone not to fear because she trusts that the AFP is on top of the situation. She is certain that in the end, peace will prevail. Each must just do their part to make the job of the men in uniform easier. Whether or not martial law is the right move, she has yet to figure that out.
Clashes between government troops and local terrorists erupted after the Philippine military launched a surgical strike against “high-value targets.” They belong to the Abu Sayyaf Group and the Maute Group. The conflict killed at least one policeman. Terrorism attacks are rampant including the takeover of government facilities like the city jail, a school, and killed the guards of a hospital.
Taking-over government properties is an evidence of rebellion. This gives the President the right to declare martial law under the new constitution. It lasts initially for 60 days then the congress and the supreme court must approve it. Once it passed both departments, it can take effect as long as it is needed.