'Grabe na ang patayan dun!' President Duterte will declare martial law in Negros Oriental if recommended by the AFP and LGUs.

President Rodrigo Duterte photo by Philstar (ctto)

Manila, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte may declare martial law in Negros Oriental, upon the recommendation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) due to the rise in the number of killings in the province.

“Certainly. He always follows the advice of those people in the know,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Thursday to reporters.

Panelo added that the President was furious on the recent attacks and killings allegedly perpetrated by members of the New People’s Army in Negros Oriental.
 “Grabe na ang patayan dun. We have a barangay captain, a municipal mayor, four policemen, and a lawyer. The President does not want this to happen. He wants it stopped. The only way to do that is to use his emergency powers,” Panelo added.
The same fate also happened in Mindanao, when the chief executive declared martial law after the attempted Islamic State-inspired Maute Group’s siege of Marawi City last May 2017.
Panelo who also happens to be the chief legal counsel of President Duterte added, as the chief executive of the country, the President has the option to declare martial law only in Negros Oriental.
“The Constitution says you can declare martial law in the entire country or parts thereof.” He added.

The chief legal counsel added that the President would invoke emergency power if really needed, “He has many options under the Constitution. He can call the Armed Forces to quell lawless violence, he can declare martial law.”

Source: Politiko

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