THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urges communist rebels and the opposition “not to jump to their own conclusion and discredit the intent” of the recently issued Memorandum Order (MO) 32, saying that the order will not lead to the possible declaration of martial law.
“Martial law will not be declared in the country. What MO 32 will do, on the other hand, is to focus military and police presence in those areas where insurgents are active. Let’s not jump into conclusions, it’s counter-productive,” said DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año.
He says that MO 32 is not a prelude to martial law as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte himself has already categorically stated that there are no plans to extend its implementation across the country.
According to Año, the opposition and communists are reading too much into the order and are intentionally trying to instill fear or panic among the Filipinos “when in fact MO 32 is simply for the facilitation of the movement of troops from other parts of the country to Bicol, Samar and Negros Island.”
He says that MO 32 is simply for purposes of concentrating military and police presence in areas they are needed, as clearly stipulated in the order, for the insurgency problem in these areas needs immediate government attention.