Solons seek probe on Duterte memo on troop deployment

MANILA- Opposition lawmakers called for a House inquiry Wednesday on the President’s order to deploy more troops to parts of the Philippines to quell the communist insurgency.

House Resolution 2348 seeks an investigation on the state of lawlessness used as a basis by the government in Memorandum Order No. 32.

The said memorandum, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, orders the deployment of additional forces to Bicol, Samar, and Negros provinces where a “number of sporadic acts of violence” recently occurred.

“Gusto nating maimbestigahan kaugnay nung nilabas na MO 32 ni Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea na yung sinasabi nilang state of emergency sa kadahilanang lawless violence,” Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said in a press briefing.

Instead of deploying more troops, ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio called on the government to focus on the rehabilitation of areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda 5 years ago.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo earlier said the memorandum order calling for the suppression of “lawless violence” was in accordance with the “constitutional duty of the President to protect the people.”

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