Grace Poe says Martial Law won’t solve criminality

Independent Presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe reiterated that Martial Law is not a solution to fight criminality in the country. Poe, who is currently the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, said that although she believes that the peace and order situation should be resolved soon, it must be done within the legal framework.

“Siyempre, gusto natin mabilis, gusto natin magkaroon kaagad ng kapayapaan. Pero ‘pag sinabi natin kapayapaan at katahimikan, dapat meron ding hustisya, at kasama sa hustisya mabilis na pagsugpo (ng kriminalidad) pero sa maayos at legal na paraan. [Of course, we want it to be quick and we want immediate peace. But when we say peace and order, it should also include justice and together with justices comes the quick eradication of criminality but through orderly and peaceful means],” she told GMA News. She also recalled the country’s history with martial rule under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos; pointing out that curtailing the freedom of citizens did not eradicate criminality.

“Nakita natin mismo ‘nung panahon nga ng Martial Law, kung kailan suspendido ang maraming mga karapatan natin, hindi pa rin nasugpo ang lahat ng ito. [We saw it during the time of Martial Law, wherein many of our rights were suspended, but this did not deter crimes],” she explained.

Poe vowed that under her administration, crime would go down while focusing on protection and prevention.

“Sa administrasyon ko bababa o mawawala rin. Ngayon, masasabi ba natin tatlo hanggang anim na buwan? Depende sa sistema ng hustisya. Pero para sa akin, ‘pag merong proteksyon, merong prevention. [Under my administration, it would go down or be gone. Now, can we say this under three or six months? It depends on the system of justice. But for me, if there is protection, there is prevention],” she said.

Poe emphasized that in order to solve the crime problem in the country,  there must be improvement both in law enforcement and in the judicial system.
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