A Sulu lawmaker has called for a congressional investigation in connection with the National Police Commission’s (Napolcom) order to strip the Sulu governor and 13 mayors of their authority over local police after they were linked to illegal drugs and of allegedly aiding terrorists and other rebel groups.
Rep. Munir Arbison of Sulu made the call under House Resolution 1137, noting that local officials are supposed to be at the forefront of the government’s difficult and long battles against illegal drug trade and terrorism.
“We need to get down to the bottom of this. Otherwise, the sacrifices of our young and gallant sol-diers will just be in vain,” Arbison said in a statement.
Mindanao, which includes Sulu, has been under martial law since May 23 to suppress a supposed re-bellion by the Maute group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
Congress granted a five-month extension of martial law in the southern Philippines as requested by the President Rodrigo Duterte last week to suppress a persistent rebellion from the Maute group, Abu Sayyaf, Ansarul Khilafah Philippines and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
The Napolcom resolution, on the other hand, was released last June 4 which covered seven governors and 132 mayors from Mindanao, including Sulu.
“The inquiry in aid of legislation should result in possible review and amendments of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of the Revised Penal Code, Republic Act (RA) No. 9372 or the Human Security Act of 2007, RA No. 6975 or the Philippine National Police (PNP) Law, and the newly-approved RA No. 10927 or the Anti-Money Laundering Act,” Arbison added.