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    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Britain's top diplomat: Nothing wrong with the declaration of Martial Law

    Ambassador Asif Ahmad, Britain’s top diplomat to Manila, claimed that “he sees nothing wrong with martial law as long as it is used in accordance with the Constitution and there is government accountability”.

    “It’s not what mechanism do you use, it is how you apply those rules of mechanism,” Ambassador Ahmad said.

    The said statement was given at an iftar reception which is the traditional Muslim dinner marking the end of daily fasting during Ramadan. Ahmad, hosted the said event at his residence last evening of June 7.

    It can be recalled that two weeks ago, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made the martial law declaration following the violence caused by the Maute terror group in Marawi City. Currently, there is an ongoing clashes between the Islamic State affiliated militants and the government forces deployed in Marawi City.

    Ambassador Ahmad believes that “there is a need to deploy the military” to keep the situation under control, but stressed that “if you need to deploy the military into your own civilian population it needs to be done under the code of law."

    When asked about whether or not martial law in Mindanao was necessary, Ahmad claimed that: 

    “I don’t think there is something intrinsically wrong with declaring martial law or declaring state of calamity or state of emergency. It is how you use those facilities constitutionally to be held accountable and to bring the situation under control.”

    The said statement given by Ambassador Ahmad had solicited compliments and affirmation from the people in social media.

    Source: GMA News
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