Duterte moots martial law
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’.”
BLUE ANTS. Filipinos scuffle with anti-riot police as they protest against the alleged presence of the US military in Mindanao.