Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón 


A Lady Partylist representative and a majority member is proposing the implementation of martial rule in the entire archipelago because of the perceived threats of the New People’s Army’s in Luzon and Visayas – is a non-sense and unfounded proposition.

The Lady representative of Kusog-Tausug Partylst, Shernee Abubakar Tan has no basis at all for her proposal to be adopted by the national security managers to put the entire Philppines under martial rule again.

It will do more harm than good to our constitution as there is no strong basis to justify its declaration having no existing state of emergency happening in any part of the country that need to be addressed or to be quelled.

As a sitting Vice Chairperson of Peace, Reconciliation and Unity of the 17th Congress it is uncalled for her to toy the ideal of martial law as it will just divide the people.The lady solon from the South clearly does not understand the Filipino struggle under the Martial. Much less, it will fan the flame that will intensify or the degree of conflict and division among Filipinos again.

Martial law will not heal this wounded land. The people needs healing, reconciliation and basis of national unity.

For a nation who stood against the tyranny and once said “NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW AND MARCOS DICTATORSHIP” will never be fooled for a second time by the suspension of civil law, civil rights, habeas corpus, and the application or extension of military law or military justice to civilians.

The Filipinos have had enough during the September 21, 1972 declaration of Proclamation No. 1081 under the pretext of “state emergency” – it never curtailed lawlessness, instead political dissents snowballed against the tyrant tenant of Malacañang.

In the same year, the Moro National Liberation Front [MNLF] a political organization was founded in 1972 is one of the proof that martial never deterred rebellion in central Mindanao. It bolstered the secession movement to call for Muslim Independence. The MNLF was the leading organization who took arm struggle as their means to secede from the Philippine Republic under the leader of Nur P. Misuari.

Under Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial law in Mindanao by virtue of Proclamation No. 216, the residents of Marawi City has yet to rise from the depth of destruction and dislocation after their city was reduced to rubbles.

The rebellios Maute terror cell were driven out of Marawi City, but not totallty decimated by the government forces, tactically. Evidently, despite the martial law extention and the clandestine American intervention in the internal conflict of the besieged capital of Lanao del Sur, the government has to publicly account the last standing Maute bandit.

So why impose martial law in the entire country, if the armed New Peoples Army are still contained in in the countrysides waging their people’s protracted war [ppw]?

Congresswoman Shernee Abubakar Tan should have practiced more discernment before the words “MARTIAL LAW” flew out of her mouth.

In doing so, Representative Tan was practically is playing the role of a dumb curtain raiser for the brain gun powder congress to comply the whims of the Commander-in-Chief  to wield military power.

The people of Luzon and Visayas have their own experiences and narratives about Marcos martial, terrorism [both by state agents and the rebels] and insurgency related abuses  – so did the Mindanaons.

Martial law is not the silver bullet that will effectively eliminate people’s protracted war that is being waged by the New People’s Army nor will stop armed struggle by the Lumads and the Bangsamoro in defense of their ancestral domains – but through a just social and political reforms by populist leader.

Nonetheless, if your hand is itching for the implementation of martial, please do not include the rest of te country for we had already spoken and fought the evils of military rule – the thinking Filipinos had already stood their  grounds and shouted NEVER AGAIN!

If there is a there is one place that needs to be placed under martial law, it is Lupah Sūg.