By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) sees no need for the declaration of martial law amid the health emergency situation due to the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said that while the threat of COVID-19 is really serious, there is still no pressing need to declare martial law.
“There is no imminent threat from rebellion or invasion as of yet to justify the declaration of martial law,” said Banac in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Banac was apparently reacting to the statement of Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo who was quoted saying that the adverse effects of the COVID-19 could be considered an invasion by the coronavirus.
A number of people from the legal community, however, disputed the argument of Panelo.
But Banac said the PNP is leaving the decision on the matter to the national leadership which he said has a better judgment on the issue of national security.
“In such case, the PNP shall be ready to abide by and implement the orders of the President of the Philippines,” said Banac.