DOUBTLESS, it is a long road to lasting peace, but the extension of martial law in Mindanao is seen to
address the continued threats of terrorism in the impoverished region.
Voting 240-27, the two-chamber Congress, in a joint session, approved the request of President
Rodrigo R. Duterte to extend for another year martial law in the “Land of Promise.”
A United States-educated lawyer said the continuing threats of terrorism in Mindanao would be
addressed through the firm and strong leadership of President Duterte.
We share the view of ex-Leyte Rep. Martin G. Romualdez that there’s a need to equip our
government troops with the needed tools to ensure that terrorism would be suppressed.
Now president of the highly-influential Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa),
Romualdez also called on government troops to ensure that no human rights will be violated.
For her part, Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez expressed her support to the one-year
extension of martial law in Mindanao, where government troops have been battling various armed groups
The wife of the Philconsa president, the workaholic and dependable lady lawmaker said
President Duterte is in the best position to determine how to deal with the actual situation in
Like the Romualdez couple, Reps. Robert Ace Barbers, Winston Castelo and Karlo Alexei Nograles
said Duterte should be given the needed reinforcement from Congress to end the terrorism in southern
Indeed, members of the two-chamber Congress and other well-meaning Filipinos should not weary
of helping government authorities in restoring lasting peace in impoverished but natural resources-