PNP won’t support plans to declare martial law in PH

Published September 26, 2018, 4:41 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Aaron Recuenco

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will not support any plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law nationwide, amid speculations that the floating of ouster plot against the Chief Executive was a way of setting the stage for the military rule.

Philippine National Police Spokesperson Senior Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)
Philippine National Police Spokesperson Senior Supt. Benigno Durana Jr.
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I think that is a very clear and stated by the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and PNP, we do not like that. It’s not part of our plan, we do not have a desire for that,” said PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Benigno Durana, Jr.

He was reacting to the statement of Vice President Leni Robredo that the ouster plot being floated by both Malacanang and the military, called “Red October”, was setting the stage for the declaration of martial law all over the country.

It was President Duterte who first disclosed the alleged plan to unseat him through the alleged connivance by the communist rebels and political groups opposing him.

Top military officials headed by its Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez echoed the President’s statement, and also accused the Liberal Party and the

Magdalo group of Senator Antonio Trillanes of allegedly conniving with the communist rebels to oust Duterte.

However, Durana said the present situation did not warrant the declaration of Martial Law.

“There are no indications the political economic condition is not conducive to imposition of a nationwide Martial Law,” said Durana.

“We have unwavering loyalty to the Constitution, to the Filipino people and the duly-constituted authority,” he added.

Martial Law is currently being implemented in Mindanao after the failed Marawi City siege in mat last year.

Earlier, the PNP leadership through Director General Oscar Albayalde contradicted the statement of Galvez about an existing ouster plot against the President.

He, however, said that they continuously monitor and does not take lightly any intelligence report about any plan to unseat Duterte.