Two NegOr mayors back martial law plan, cite residents’ security
NEGROS ORIENTAL —To address the killings and to assuage the residents fear brought about by the deadly attacks on the residents of their cities, two mayors of Negros Oriental will back President Rodrigo Duterte if he will declare martial law in the province.
Guihulngan City Mayor Carlo Jorge Joan Reyes said that putting Negros Oriental under martial law would not only help his city in disciplining residents, especially the youth, but would assuage the fear of residents after the series of killings that have hit the city.
He was referring to the killings in Guihulngan, which included the daytime murder of a lawyer, who was ambushed in the city last July 23, and the July 25 killing of a school principal and his sister, a Department of Education employee, who were both shot inside their house.
He said putting the province under martial law would be a big help to the security of the cities and towns of Negros Oriental.
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Canlaon City Mayor Jose Cardenas, on the other hand, told reporters in a press briefing that there was nothing to fear if the military would take over the security of the towns and cities of the province if the President’s plan would push through.
He believed that placing Negros Oriental under martial law would have no effect on the business and tourism in the province, adding that these sectors could even see an improvement because the tourists would now be more secured with the added security provided by the military.
Cardenas said residents in the city felt fear when nights would fall because of the killings that also hit the city, referring to the slaying of two government officials last July 27 — a city councilor, who was the mayor’s cousin, and a barangay captain./dbs
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