Duterte moots mar­tial law

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD -

Manila – Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte may de­clare na­tion­wide mar­tial law if threat­ened protests by com­mu­nists and other left­ists against his rule turn vi­o­lent or dis­rupt the coun­try, his de­fence chief said yes­ter­day.

De­fence Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana em­pha­sised he be­lieved it was very un­likely mar­tial law would be declared, but said the pres­i­dent was wor­ried about threat­ened “mas­sive” protests by the left.

“He said, if the left will try to have a mas­sive protest, start fires on the streets, they will dis­rupt the coun­try, then I might (de­clare mar­tial law).

“In my es­ti­mate the pos­si­bil­ity of this hap­pen­ing is very re­mote. But the pres­i­dent is in­deed very con­cerned be­cause it might get out of hand. So he said: ‘I might de­clare mar­tial law’.”

Pic­ture: EPA

BLUE ANTS. Filipinos scuf­fle with anti-riot po­lice as they protest against the al­leged pres­ence of the US mil­i­tary in Min­danao.

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