- Rodrigo Duterte said he won’t declare a nationwide martial law
- Martial law in Mindanao, if not extended, will end on December 31 this year
- Jose Ma. Sison alleged Duterte wants to declare a nationwide martial law by next year
President Rodrigo Duterte said he won’t declare martial law in the whole country but he will use the strongest political tools to ensure law and order and counter security threats; he disclosed during the birthday celebration of former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City, Sunday.
The Inquirer quoted him saying, “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.
“If I cannot do miracles for this country, then I will just say that, you know, let us just respect each other… Huwag ninyong sobrahan [Do not go too far.]. Do not force me to do something.”
Duterte said he wants the respect of the people even if he would fail his mandate after his term. He also called on informal settlers to stop occupying housing complexes for soldiers, police, and other government properties.
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding Chairman Jose Ma. Sison, as per Philippine Star story, has earlier claimed that the chief executive wants to declare a nationwide martial law by January next year or before the 2019 midterm poll to ensure the results are in his favor.
Sison said, “They have decided to make the martial law proclamation as early as January 2019 in order to ensure that they control and determine the results of the elections.
“In accordance with their decision, they are mobilizing government agencies to hype the threat of a supposed rolling ouster plot by Reds, yellows and unreliables within the AFP and PNP and to step up the vilification campaigns, intrigues and repressive actions.”
To note, the martial law in Mindanao was recently extended up to December 31 this year, however, there are calls to extend it again.
An election officer said declaration of Martial law in Mindanao would help in the maintenance of peaceful elections in the region.