COMMENTARY: Another extension of martial law in Mindanao is an abuse of power

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 28 July) — Another extension of Martial Law in Mindanao is an abuse of power on the part of the executive body. We now have come to a point where our government is becoming authoritarian or police state. People now not only fear criminals but state security forces as well, they fear to be EJK’d or planted with evidence of contrabands if you are critical. Speaking for your rights or fighting for it can get you killed this days.

Martial Law is obviously being used as an instrument to silence dissent and critics of the Duterte administration.

Our position even before is there is no need to extend martial law. The present threats from the so- called terror group can be effectively responded with existing Phlippine laws and mechanisms.

Martial Law is also used to justify the occupation of Marawi’s Main Affected Areas. Vested interest people are also using martial law to benefit from our suffering, getting rid of the processes established by laws like the procurement law of the Philippines.

(MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Drieza Lininding is convenor of the Moro Consensus Group)