Mindanao bishops give support to Martial Law

Mindanaoan Catholic Bishops have signified their support with President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to impose a 60-day Martial Law that covers Mindanao.

Although they said they will support it, the bishops however said it should obly be temporary.

"We have many fears. But at present, we simply do not have solid and sufficient facts to absolutely reject the declaration of Martial Law as morally reprehensible," said Cardinal Orlando Quevedo in a statement.

The statement said that it was with the approval of the Bishops of Mindanao.

"We exhort everyone to be calm in the face of Martial Law to be obedient to the just commands of lawful authority and not to provoke violent reaction," Quevedo added.

Checkpoints in Mindanao sprouted since the Martial Law was declared specially in the highway of Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City.

On the other hand, the Mindanao bishops advised the people to be vigilant against the negative drift of the Martial Law regime.

"We shall condemn any abuse of Martial Law and as in the past will condemn it outright if it goes in the way of evil," the bishop said.

Malacañang Palace, meanwhile, acknowledged the openness of the Mindanao Bishops on the President's martial law declaration.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the palace appreciates the suport given by all sectors.

Source: Sunstar