Philippine religious superiors call for end to martial law in Mindanao
The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines called for an end to martial law in Mindanao, saying that it is ‘not the proper response to terrorist attacks in just one city on a vast island’.
‘The declaration of martial law is an extreme measure, and based on the reports we have received…is a reaction disproportionate to the situation,’ said the statement issued by the influential organisation on 6th June.
The association encompasses the superiors and heads of religious congregations that run most of the country’s top universities and institutions.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial across the southern part of the country after gunmen claiming to have links with Daesh stormed the city of Marawi on 23rd May. The gunmen took several hostages, including Fr Teresito Suganob, vicar of the Prelature of Marawi.
The religious leaders called the government’s response in Mindanao ‘drastic’ and maintained that it served to ‘enhance the perception of power and social impact that the terrorist group aims to achieve locally and internationally,’ ucanews.com reported.
Picture: Filipino residents of Marawi are escorted to safety by government forces on 3rd June. The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines called for an end to martial law in Mindanao, saying it was not the proper response to terrorist attacks in one city on a vast island. (CNS photo/Francis R. Malasig, EPA).Tags: Association of Major Religious Superiors, Duterte, martial law, Mindanao, Philippine, Philippines, President Duterte, President Rodrigo Duterte, Rodrigo Duterte