Vallejos said the rebellion prompted the government to take drastic measures to keep peace and order in Marawi. A further strong basis for its declaration, Vallejos added, is to prevent the spillover of the violent conflict in other parts of the Island and to thwart the entry of aid and support to the ‘terrorist’ group who had been causing the turmoil and unrest in the city. Atty. Melanie Domino said that aside from campaigning for public awareness on the basic guidelines on the Martial Law under the 1987 Constitution, it is also important for the public to know the lead role of the military in its implementation. In the Province of Davao Oriental, the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police are working side-by-side to maintain peace and order.
Cpt. Andrew Linao of the Philippine Army’s 701st Brigade said the military has been intensifying security efforts in the province by conducting checkpoints and surveillance, as well as increased visibility of military troops in the communities. He disclosed that there are evacuees or internally displaced persons who have been taking refuge here as they fled the horrors of the conflict in Marawi. He said all the concerned agencies, particularly the Philippine National Red Cross, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Provincial Governor’s Office have extended aid and have been looking after the displaced families. Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office (DOPPO) Provincial Director PSSUPT Harry Espela assured the public that the police together with the military will abide by the rules and guidelines in implementation of the Martial Law. He asked for the people’s cooperation to the authorities especially in the conduct of checkpoints. (with Karen Lou Deloso)