Duterte to impose Martial law nationwide If NPA rebels stage ‘armed rebellion on the streets’

Friday, September 15th, 2017. Filed under: Asian News News Philippine News
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the closing ceremony of the 26th Mindanao Business Conference (MINBIZCON) at the Xavier Sports and Country Club in Cagayan de Oro City on September 9, 2017, reiterates that he will eradicate corruption and restore peace and order in Mindanao so that the island can become more conducive for business. (MNS photo)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the closing ceremony of the 26th Mindanao Business Conference (MINBIZCON) at the Xavier Sports and Country Club in Cagayan de Oro City on September 9, 2017, reiterates that he will eradicate corruption and restore peace and order in Mindanao so that the island can become more conducive for business. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Sept 11 (Mabuhay) – Leftist lawmakers from the House of Representatives slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to impose martial law all across the country if communist rebels would stage rebellion and fighting on the streets.

In a statement on Monday, Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Zarate said the President’s latest threat “will be met with more vigorous, widespread and militant response and resistance by the people.”

“President Duterte is again trying to cow the people by threatening them with martial law nationwide. Is the president afraid of mass actions like the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos?” Zarate said.

Speaking before the media during his visit at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday, Duterte told communist rebels not to commit rebellion, or he will place the entire country on martial law and order their arrest.

“Do not commit the mistake of staging a rebellion. ‘Yung sabihin mo na there’s fighting on the streets. I will not hesitate to impose martial law all throughout the country and order the arrest of everybody,” he said.

“Ayaw ko makipagpatayan, but if you do that I will arrest all of you. All of you. Hindi ako nananakot, sinasabi ko lang sa inyo ‘yan,” he added.

But Zarate said Duterte’s threat is a “psywar tactic” to discourage the public to join protest actions against the anti-people policies of the government.

“As the anniversary of the declaration of martial rule by Marcos draw near we must do all we can that it would never happen again,” he said.

“We must ever be vigilant and struggle to defend our rights. We must not let fear and fascism and tyrannical rule reign,” he added.

ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio, meanwhile, said Duterte has long been finding ways to declare martial law in the entire country, as part of his desire to rule as a dictator.

“Hindi umubra ang banta umano ng ISIS. Hindi rin bumenta ang banta ng narcopolitics na nilutang din niya. Ngayon, nire-recycle niya ang ginamit ding dahilan ng idol niyang si Marcos – ang mga komunista,” Tinio said in a statement Sunday afternoon.

Tinio urged the public to become more vigilant and make sure that martial law will not be declared in the entire country.

“Bantayan natin at tiyakin ang anumang tangka ng Malacañang na gumawa ng probokasyon para sa pambansang Martial Law at paghandaan na ang paglaban dito,” he said. (MNS)

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