Duterte calls Martial Law "kalokohan"
(SPOT.ph) President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday, December 1, that there's no reason to declare Martial Law in the country. "Kalokohan 'yan. Nag-Martial Law man tayo noon, anong nangyari? Gumaling ba ang buhay natin hanggang ngayon? Wala," he told attendees of the Third ARMM Local Government Summit in Davao City.
"Martial Law for what? Killing people? I would rather empower every mayor," the president further explained.
Rumors started spreading on the possibility of another Martial Law ever since the president declared a state of lawlessness, and then a possibility of the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. It can also be remembered that he revealed to the Jewish Association of the Philippines in Makati City on October 4 that he is sometimes "tempted really to declare Martial Law." He instead implemented a state of lawlessness following a deadly blast in Davao City that took at least 14 lives on September 2.
In a speech on November 11, he said, "If the lawlessness will spread, I might be forced to… I don’t want it. This is my warning to them. I don’t want it because it is not good. But if you force my hand… I will declare the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. Not Martial Law.” There were also claims that the ambush that wounded seven presidential guards and two soldiers in Marawai, Lanao del Sur on November 30 was staged by the government, which was very similar to the pre-Martial Law situation in 1972.