Duterte warns of martial law if NPA attacks continue

first_imgMANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte wouldbe “obligated” to declare martial law if declaremartial law should communist rebels will continue their deadly attacks on statetroops with the country still in the middle of the battle against coronavirusdisease 2019.Duterte’s threat came following several clashes between government forces andthe New People’s Army the past few days following the end of the unilateralceasefire last week.“‘Pag nagpatuloy kayo (New People’sArmy) ng lawlessness ninyo, patay dito, patay doon, and it’shappening all over the Philippines, maybe I will declare martial law,” Dutertesaid in his recorded public address on Friday.“Kayong mga NPA (New People’s Army) ang numero uno. Hinaharang ninyo iyong mga tulong parasa mga tao, pati iyong supply ngpagkain nila,” an incensed Duterte said. He promised to ‘finish’ the communist group members before his terms ends intwo years as he tasked the Armed Forces of the Philippines to be ready.“I am warning everybody and putting notice saarmed forces and the police, I might declare martial law,” Duterte said. “Ang utos ko sa kanila, patayin kayo… Lahat na. Tapusin na natin ito sa panahon ko.”“Pinagpapapatay niyo ang sundalo at pulisna walang ginawa kundisamahan ang nagdedeliver ng pera. Pagka inutos ko sa kanila, lahatna, tapusin na natin ito sa panahon ko. Two more years. Magtago na kayo, putanginang legal front,” he added. “‘Pag nagpatuloy kayo (New People’s Army) ng lawlessness ninyo – patay dito, patay doon – maybe I will declare martial law,” warns President Rodrigo Duterte. Interior secretary Eduardo Año,meanwhile, said the Task Force to End Armed Conflict is ready tofollow Duterte’s order to finish off the communist group.“Nagbigay na ng utos ang Pangulo na kailangang bantayan ang seguridad attuloy-tuloy ang trabaho ng Task Force to End Armed Conflict,” said Año during avirtual press conference in Malacañang./PNlast_img

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