DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 July) — How did Mindanao’s 64 representatives in the House of Representatives and three in the Senate vote on the extension of martial law and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus until December 31, 2017?
Mindanao has 59 district representatives, two of whom passed away last year — Sulu’s Tupay Loong and Basilan’s Jum Akbar — and have not been replaced. At least seven party-list members are from Mindanao.
In Saturday’s Joint Session of Congress to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for extension, 261 voted yes while 18 voted no, three of them Mindanawon party-list representatives Carlos Isagani Zarate of Bayan Muna, Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis and Tom VIllarin of Akbayan.
The Senate voted 16-4 while the House of Representatives voted 245-14.
Of Mindanao’s 64 representatives, 54 voted yes, four voted no while seven were absent.
All three Mindanawon senators — Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, Emmanuel Pacquiao and Juan Miguel Zubiri — voted yes.
Congressional record shows that the seven Mindanawon representatives who were absent were Bukidnon 2nd district’s Florencio Flores, Jr.; Dinagat Islands’ Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao, Lanao del Norte 1st district’s Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo, Zamboanga del Norte 1st district’s Seth Frederick Jalosjos, Zamboanga del Norte 3rd district’s Isagani Amatong, and Anak Mindanao’s Makmod Mending and Sitti Djalia Turabin – Hataman.
President Duterte, the first Mindanawon to lead the nation declared martial law effective 10 p.m. on May 23, some eight hours after clashes between government forces and the ISIS-inspired Maute Group and its allied forces started in Marawi. At that time, two soldiers and a policeman had been killed while 12 others were injured.
As of July 22, 105 soldiers have been killed, according to Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Ano during the Joint session. Nearly 900 have been wounded. On the enemy side, the military claimed at least 421 have been killed as of July 19.
Duterte declared martial law from Moscow where he was on official visit. He cut short the trip and returned to the country on May 24.
During the voting in March on the reimposition of the death penalty, 217 representatives voted yes, 54 no and one abstained. Among Mindanawon representatives, 49 voted in favor while 12 voted no.
Those who voted no to extension of martial law – Casilao, Villarin and Zarate — Zarate – also voted no to the death penalty. Of the seven absent last Saturday, five voted no to the death penalty: Amatong, Bag-ao, Flores, Mending and Hataman.
Here is how Mindanao’s representatives and party-list representatives who are Mindanawons, voted on the extension of martial law. (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)
THE MINDANAO VOTE
On extending Martial Law and the suspension of the privilege of Habeas Corpus
Joint Session, Batasang Pambansa, Quezon City
22 July 2107
|Agusan del Norte 1||Fortun, Lawrence H.||Yes|
|Agusan del Norte 2||Amante, Erlpe John M.||Yes|
|Agusan del Sur 1||Plaza, Ma. Valentina G.||Yes|
|Agusan del Sur 2||Plaza-Mellana, Evelyn||Yes|
|Basilan||Akbar, Jum||died 16 Nov. 2016|
|Bukidnon 1||Acosta-Alba, Ma. Lourdes||Yes|
|Bukidnon 2||Flores, Doc Boy||Absent|
|Bukidnon 3||Zubiri, Manuel||Yes|
|Bukidnon 4||Roque, Rogelio Oneil||Yes|
|Camiguin||Romualdo, Xavier Jesus||Yes|
|Compostela Valley 1||Zamora, Ma. Carmen S.||Yes|
|Compostela Valley 2||Gonzaga, Ruwel Peter S.||Yes|
|Davao del Norte 1||Alvarez, Pantaleon D.||Yes|
|Davao del Norte 2||Floirendo, Antonio Jr.||Yes|
|Davao del Sur||Cagas, Mercedes C.||Yes|
|Davao Occidental||Bautista-Bandigan, Lorna P.||Yes|
|Davao Oriental 1||Nunez-Malanyaon, Corazon||Yes|
|Davao Oriental 2||Almario, Joel Mayo Z.||Yes|
|Dinagat Islands||Bag-ao , Kaka J.||Absent|
|Lanao del Norte 1||Dimaporo, Mohamad Khalid Q.||Absent|
|Lanao del Norte 2||Dimaporo, Abdullah||Yes|
|Lanao del Sur 1||Adiong, Ansaruddin, A.||Yes|
|Lanao del Sur 2||Papandayan, Mauyag Jr. B.||Yes|
|Maguindanao 1||Sema, Bai Sandra A.||Yes|
|Maguindanao 2||Mangudadatu, Zajid G.||Yes|
|Misamis Occidental 1||Almonte, Jorge T.||Yes|
|Misamis Occidental 2||Oaminal, Henry S.||Yes|
|Misamis Oriental 1||Unabia Peter||Yes|
|Misamis Oriental 2||Uy, Juliette T.||Yes|
|North Cotabato 1||Sacdalan, Jesus N.||Yes|
|North Cotabato 2||Catamco, Nancy A.||Yes|
|North Cotabato 3||Tejada, Jose L.||Yes|
|Sarangani||Pacquiao, Rogelio D.||Yes|
|South Cotabato 1||Acharon, Pedro B.||Yes|
|South Cotabato 2||Hernandez, Ferdinand L.||Yes|
|Sultan Kudarat 1||Mangudadatu, Suharto T.||Yes|
|Sultan Kudarat 2||Suansing, Horacio Jr. P||Yes|
|Sulu 1||Loong, Tupay T.||died 30 June 2016|
|Sulu 2||Arbison, Munir M.||Yes|
|Surigao del Norte 1||Matugas, Francisco Jose II F.||Yes|
|Surigao del Norte 2||Barbers, Robert Ace S.||Yes|
|Surigao del Sur 1||Pichay, Prospero Jr. A.||Yes|
|Surigao del Sur 2||Pimentel, Johnny T.||Yes|
|Tawi-tawi||Sahali, Ruby M.||Yes|
|Zamboanga del Norte 1||Jalosjos, Seth Fredrick P.||Absent|
|Zamboanga del Norte 2||Labadlabad, Glona G.||Yes|
|Zamboanga del Norte 3||Amatong, Isagani S.||Absent|
|Zamboanga del Sur 1||Yu, Divina Grace C.||Yes|
|Zamboanga del Sur 2||Cerilles, Aurora Enerio||Yes|
|Zamboanga Sibugay 1||Palma Wilter II W.||Yes|
|Zamboanga Sibugay 2||Hofer, Ann K.||Yes|
|Cagayan de Oro 1||Uy, Rolando||Yes|
|Cagayan de Oro 2||Rodriguez, Maximo, Jr. B.||Yes|
|Davao City 1||Nograles, Karlo Alexei B.||Yes|
|Davao City 2||Garcia-Albano, Mylene J.||Yes|
|Davao City 3||Ungab, ALberto I.||Yes|
|Iligan City||Siao, Frederick W.||Yes|
|Zamboanga City 1||Lobregat, Celso L.||Yes|
|Zamboanga City 2||Dalipe, Manuel Jose M.||Yes|
|PARTY LIST REPS|
|Anak Mindanao||Mending, Makmod||Absent|
|Anak Mindanao||Turabin-Hataman, Sitti Djalia||Absent|
|Bayan Muna||Zarate, Carlos Isagani T.||No|
|Kusug Tausug||Tan, Shernee Abubakar||Yes|