‘Mas­sive dis­rup­tion’ pre-con­di­tion for mar­tial law – DND

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By FRAN­CIS T. WAKE­FIELD

Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fense (DND) Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana said that Pres­i­dent Duterte’s threat of declar­ing mar­tial law in the coun­try could be­come a re­al­ity only if there is mas­sive dis­rup­tion in govern­ment func­tions.

Speak­ing to me­dia at Camp Aguinaldo, Que­zon City, Loren­zana said: “Sa pag-uusap namin na kung magk­ag­ulo na (Dur­ing our talk that if there is an­ar­chy) if there (is) mas­sive dis­rup­tion of civil­ian lives and func­tions of govern­ment, then he might, he might (do it). That’s what he said.”

“I was just re­peat­ing what the Pres­i­dent said,” he added.

Mean­while, Loren­zana shot down claims by the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines-New Peo­ple’s Army (CPP-NPA) that the im­peach­ment of Supreme Court Chief Jus­tice Maria Lour­des Ser­reno and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional ID sys­tem would be a pre­lude to the dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law.

“Wala na­mang con­nec­tion doon eh… kasi the ID sys­tem is mata­gal nang pina­gusapan yan eh, noon pa (There’s no con­nec­tion… the ID sys­tem has long been talked about). I think it had been the sub­ject mat­ter since many Con­gresses ago,” Loren­zana said.

As for the im­peach­ment of Sereno, he said: “I think that is dif­fer­ent.”

The DND Sec­re­tary said that the claim by the CPP-NPA that Pres­i­dent Duterte is plan­ning to take over the ju­di­ciary is far­fetched.

“Medyo stretched na ang imag­i­na­tion nila dyan eh, kasi tu­lad ng time ni Pres­i­dent Aquino, natang­gal na­man iyung chief jus­tice (Re­nato Corona) hindi na­man nag-takeover. Hindi na­man na take-over yung jus­tice sys­tem, eh (Their imag­i­na­tion is al­ready stretched. Dur­ing the time of Pres­i­dent Aquino the chief jus­tice was also re­moved but they did not take over),” he said.

Like­wise, Loren­zana said that based on his assess­ment, anti-Duterte ral­ly­ists or crit­ics of the govern­ment do not have the ca­pa­bil­ity to wage na­tion­wide ral­lies.

“Like I said, it’s very re­mote that there will be chaos or an­ar­chy in the streets be­cause I don't think they can get that many peo­ple to stage mas­sive ral­lies day-in day-out like dur­ing the time of Pres­i­dent Mar­cos,” Loren­zana said.

“Look at the en­vi­ron­ment, do you see any mas­sive dis­gruntle­ment of the peo­ple? Wala na­man tay­ong nakikita, eh (we don’t see any­thing). In fact the ap­proval rat­ing of the Pres­i­dent is above 90 per­cent so I don’t think they will suc­ceed,” he said.

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