Lawyer urges Duterte to stop martial law abuses in Marawi

Lawyers in Lanao del Sur express their "severe outrage" over alleged martial law abuses in Marawi City, and demanded a response from the government.
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The Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Lanao del Sur Chapter condemned the Martial Law implementation in a statement addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año.

The said statement was signed by its president, Aminoden Macalandap.

According to the IBP-Lanao del Sur, the sheer magnitude of the abuses allegedly committed against private individuals who had no connection to terrorist utterly shocked them.

"The IBP-Lanao del Sur Chapter hereby expresses its severe outrage and condemnation over illegal searches and seizures in Marawi City by military men, police, and other law enforcement agencies which result in rampant loss and deprivation of properties and possessions of innocent civilians," they said.

The group also added the military and the police had committed wanton disregard the sanctity of domicile, the right against deprivation of property without due process of law, the right to be secure in one's person, house, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures and the privacy of communication and correspondence of innocent civilians.

According to the head lawyer, the group's claim was based on first hand data and information fresh from the battle field which was collated since May 23, the declaration of martial law.

The group, which had thrown its support for President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law declaration, said it monitored warrantless searches and unauthorized intrusions of residential and commercial establishments that had no links to the Maute Group.

Source: Rappler