President Rodrigo Duterte is not about to impose martial law on the entire Philippines for now.
In an interview in Cagayan de Oro City on Tuesday night, Duterte said: “Future tense ‘yun. Future tense. It’s past, present, perfect future. Ang martial law ngayon nandito na. Whether or not I expand it to cover the entire the Philippines is something else. And at this time, it is not called for.”
Duterte issued his remark days after he said that his next declaration of martial law would be a copycat of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos’ own Proclamation No. 1081.
Duterte signed Proclamation No. 216 that declared martial law and suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao on May 23 while he was on an official visit in Russia.
The declaration came after the ISIS-linked Maute group attacked Marawi City.
“The mechanism of the habeas corpus is to prevent the terrorists to gain a foothold in the Visayas. Kasi mas doble na ang sakit,” he added.
Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. earlier said that Duterte’s recent remarks on Marcos’ martial law was not about the abuses, but on the breadth and depth of the declaration.
Marcos placed the entire nation under martial law from September 1972 to January 1981.
Source: GMA News