IT is certainly heartening to know that there’s no ground to declare a nationwide martial law in the Philippines, which is preparing for the May 13, 2019 national and local elections.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines claimed that no less than the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is trying to force the President to impose martial law (ML) throughout the country.
The communists want Duterte, whose six-year presidency ends on June 30, 2022, to declare martial law as part of their efforts to gather enough public support to oust the Chief Executive.
“By sowing chaos through its Red October ouster plot, the CPP hopes that a nationwide martial law declaration would spark people’s outrage,” said Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.
Roque, who is being urged to run for senator in next year’s elections, said that “we will…not fall into this trap hatched up by the enemies of the State,” adding “the whole situation is under control.”
The statement of Roque, a lawyer and a former member of the House of Representatives, should be welcomed by the Filipino people, including critics of the Duterte administration.
However, the CPP denied trying to force Duterte to declare a nationwide martial law, saying it “defies logic” because the rebel group had opposed the imposition of martial law in Mindanao.
Admittedly, whether Malacañang’s statement that there’s no ground to place the entire country under martial law will quiet down critics of the Duterte administration is still up in the air.
But what is important is for the national government, through concerned offices and agencies, to listen to and act on the legitimate grievances of the Filipino people, particularly the poor.
And President Duterte deserves the all-out support of the public as he continues to address the rising prices of goods and services, graft and corruption, illegal drugs and criminality.