“Nakakatawa”: Palace denies Duterte using COVID-19 as excuse to declare martial law

  • Malacañang denied allegations that President Rodrigo Duterte is using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to declare martial law
  • Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the statement is “funny” and has no truth because it is not only the Philippines that is facing the pandemic
  • Duterte has earlier issued a warning that he “might” declare martial law if communist rebels continue to fight the soldiers

Malacañang clarified allegations that President Rodrigo Duterte is just using the coronavirus pandemic to declare martial law in the country.

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Amid the continuing health crisis, Malacañang said the President is not taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic for his self interest. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque denied allegations that COVID-19 is being used by the President as an excuse so he can declare martial law in the Philippines.

“Naku, nakakatawa po iyan kasi hindi lang naman sa Pilipinas ang merong pandemic. E, ang katotohanan po, ang sinabi naman ng Presidente, ang martial law ay gagamitin kapag nagpatuloy po ang NPA (New People’s Army) doon sa kanilang pag-atake sa sundalo, lalong lalo na iyan, ‘yung mga sundalo na nagbabantay lang naman doon sa mga nagbibigay ayuda sa ating taumbayan,” Roque was quoted on the Manila Times.

“Walang pong pinagsasamantalahan ang Presidente dahil ang kanyang batayan naman ay Saligang Batas mismo,” he added.

Earlier, the President stated he will not hesitate to declare martial law if communist rebels continue to fight our soldiers.

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“Pag nagpatuloy kayo ng lawlessness ninyo, and it’s happening all over the Philippines, maybe I will declare martial law because kayong mga NPA (New Peoples’ Army) ang numero uno. Kinukuha ninyo iyong mga tulong sa tao, pati iyong supply, pagkain nila,” said Duterte.