‘No martial law but will use ‘strongest tools’ to ensure law and order’- Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday he is not advocating for martial law even as he vowed to use the
“strongest tools” to ensure law and order in the country for the rest of his six-year term.
Duterte made the statement as he threatened to apprehend members of urban poor group Kadamay for occupying
housing units for uniformed personnel and defended his controversial war on drugs.
“If I cannot do miracles for this country then I will just say that you know, let us just respect each other’s… Huwag ninyong
sobrahan. Do not force me to do something,” the President said in a speech during the birthday celebration of
former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in Davao City.
“I will not declare martial law but just like what I’m doing, I will go for the strongest tools, political tools in my hand,” he said.
Duterte voted into office in 2016 on a campaign platform to eradicate illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.
May 2019 midterm elections
Prior to the President’s pronouncement, Malacañang has also denied that Duterte is planning to declare martial law nationwide
after exiled communist leader Jose Maria Sison claimed that the President will do so to make sure that the outcome
of the May 2019 midterm elections will be in his favor.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Sison “has been foisting that martial law bogey for more than a year
now” as part of his “psywar campaign” against the government.
“All his forecasts have fallen flat on the ground,” Panelo said.
The presidential spokesperson reiterated Duterte’s “repeated” and “consistent” pronouncement that he will step
down when his term ends on June 30, 2022.
He included that the President notwithstanding eager to stop his term if another government constitution approved.
Sison claimed that across the nation military law could announce as ahead of schedule as January 2019.