From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On 15 Senators expressing support for Proclamation 216

We thank the Senate for its resolution expressing support to the President’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

The President has acted swiftly and decisively to suppress the ongoing rebellion in Marawi and to prevent its spread in the provinces of Mindanao.

However, the executive branch cannot do it alone. We need the cooperation of the entire government and the support of our people to finally flush out the evil forces, restore normalcy, and bring peace to the island of Mindanao.