Duterte: I’m sometimes tempted to declare martial law
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday admitted that there were instances that he was tempted to declare martial law due to the worsening drug problem in the country.
“Sometimes I’m tempted really to declare martial law. But that’s not possible, so fine. That’s why I declared state of lawlessness–because narcopolitics has entered my country,” Duterte told the Jewish Association of the Philippines in Makati City.
Duterte earlier declared a state of lawlessness on account of lawless violence following the deadly blast in his hometown of Davao City that took at least 14 lives.
The President then clarified that the declaration was not martial law but “would require nationwide, well-coordinated efforts of the military and the police” to counter terrorism and to boost the campaign against illegal drugs.
Duterte maintained that the relentless crackdown on drugs would not stop until he finished his term despite what he called “hypocrisy” of other countries and international bodies that call him out for extrajudicial killings and possible human rights abuses.
“It will be relenting and it will not stop until the last year if my term… If I’m taken out of office, fine. I will not stop despite the hypocrisy of EU, and America and Obama,” the President said.
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