Edcel: Martial Law baseless since Maute attack is terrorism, not rebellion


Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman punched holes Sunday (May 28) into President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, saying there’s no actual rebellion taking place.

“Wala namang factual basis yan sapagkat yan ay conclusion of fact. Sapagkat ang sabi ng Saligang Batas, kung mayroong rebellion and invasion, when public safety requires it. Hindi conjecture,” the opposition politiko said in a radio interview.

Last Tuesday, Duterte placed the entire Mindanao region under Martial Law after ISIS-linked Maute Group members marched into Marawi City.

Lagman’s main issue is that “rebellion” is different from terrorism, which he claimed could be addressed by soldiers and police. Constitutionally, a President can resort to Martial Law to quell a rebellion.

“Don ba sa Mindanao, itong Maute Group ba ay rebellion o terrorism. Palagay ko terrorism and this could be addressed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, by the Philippine National Police and by ating existing anti-terror law,” the lawyer said.

” Kahit don naman sa declaration ng martial law, walang factual na sinabi na engaged in rebellion,” Lagman said, referring to Proclamation No. 216.

“Conclusion of law lang at conclusion of facts ang ginawa doon. Ano ba ang na-sieze? Ang na-sieze naman ospital, hindi naman yong munisipyo,” he said.