‘Un­likely’ to hap­pen

Loren­zana says of na­tion­wide mar­tial law

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MANILA -- President Ro­drigo Duterte is un­likely to im­pose mar­tial law in the en­tire coun­try, De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana said on Fri­day.

At a press con­fer­ence, Loren­zana ex­plained that the Com­man­der-in-Chief merely floated the pos­si­bil­ity of declar­ing mar­tial rule na­tion­wide should com­mu­nist in­sur­gents in­flict dis­rup­tion.

The De­fense chief said Duterte was just “very con­cerned” that the com­mu­nists’ “an­tic­i­pated” mas­sive protests on Septem­ber 21, the 45th an­niver­sary of the dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law in the coun­try, “might get out of hand.”

Loren­zana, how­ever, still gave as­sur­ance that mil­i­tary en­force­ment all through­out the coun­try was “very re­mote.”

“[Declar­ing mar­tial law na­tion­wide is] very re­mote to hap­pen. The President is just very con­cerned that it might get out of hand that’s why he said [it],” Loren­zana said.

“But I don’t think that the Left will be able to con­duct the mas­sive demon­stra­tion across the coun­try, dis­rupt­ing [or] dis­abling gov­ern­ment or the lives of the peo­ple. Per­haps, that’s not go­ing to hap­pen,” he added.

On Septem­ber 9, Duterte threat­ened to de­clare mar­tial law in the en­tire coun­try, if the com­mu­nist rebels cause “de­struc­tion and trou­ble” in the streets.

The President said he would wel­come any demon­stra­tion as long as it would not ham­per the pub­lic’s lives.

“I will not hes­i­tate to im­pose mar­tial law all through­out the coun­try and or­der the ar­rest of ev­ery­body,” he said.

In an in­ter­view aired at state-run PTV4 on late Fri­day night, Duterte was mulling the sus­pen­sion of work in gov­ern­ment of­fices and classes in schools when the com­mu­nist group con­ducts mass protests on the 45th an­niver­sary of mar­tial law.

Duterte, how­ever, did not give a spe­cific date for the dec­la­ra­tion of “hol­i­day,” in an­tic­i­pa­tion of mas­sive rally. SunS­tar Philip­pines

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