“The bomb explosion in Sultan Kudarat is definitely highly condemnable but this should not be used to further the agony of the people of Mindanao, particularly the displaced Moro, lumads and peasants. This incident even showed Martial Law’s failure in solving the island’s security problems; instead of extending, it should be immediately lifted,” said the Davao-based solon.
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate today warned that “floating the possibility of further extending martial law in Mindanao due to the bomb blast in Sultan Kudarat yesterday can be exploited to ensure the victory of administration allies in next year’s midterm elections.”
“Agosto pa lang at Disyembre pa matatapos ang ini-extend na ngang Martial law, tapos ngayon ay gusto na naman nilang patagalin pa ang Martial law sa Mindanao . Ang mga ganitong pakana ay posibleng gamitin din para tiyakin na mananalo ang mga alyado ng administrasyon sa darating na eleksyon dahil kapag iniextend pa ang batas militar sa Mindanao ay siguradong aabutin ito ng eleksyon sa 2019,” added the progressive solon.
“The bomb incident should be investigated but at the same time we must ensure that this is not used by unscrupulous people for their own vested political interests,” ended Rep.Zarate.###