The decision to declare a state of emergency or martial law is primarily a political decision and does not rest on the military.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla issued this statement when queried about President Rodrigo Duterte’s earlier announcement that he is mulling at the possibility of declaring martial law in some parts of Mindanao in wake of the threats being posed by lawless elements and terror groups known to be operating in the region.
These groups often conduct kidnap-for-ransom activities and other criminal acts to fund their illegal activities and proving detrimental to development of Mindanao and its people.
“The decision to implement a state of emergency or martial law does not lie with the AFP. It lies with the political leadership and depends (on the prevailing security situation),” Padilla said in Filipino.
However, the Chief Executive is not keen to implement this most extreme measure and is urging the local government units in Mindanao to help the police and soldiery in curbing these threats and allow genuine peace and progress to come into the area.
NEW DELHI — The Philippines could end up in hock to China if it is not careful about entering into investment and infrastructure deals with Beijing, according to an Indian think tank. Hardeep Puri, … [Read More...]
With the first batch of intended crew already completing their training in Boing Insitu's facility in Bingen, Washington, and arriving in the Philippines, the Philippine Air Force will now formally … [Read More...]
MANILA -- The FNS Vendemiare (F-734), a Floréal-class light surveillance frigate of the French Marine Nationale, arrived in Manila South Harbor for a four-day goodwill visit to the country which … [Read More...]
MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is setting aside PHP9.5 million for the acquisition of spare parts and services needed for the maintenance of one of its Sikorsky S-76A search-and-rescue … [Read More...]
MANILA – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. has confirmed Rappler’s report that he called China an "aggressor state" when he delivered a lecture at Harvard University in the US in … [Read More...]
The customs agencies of the Philippines and China agreed to set up a data exchange system to facilitate the timely sharing of trade information and aid the two nations in their respective campaigns … [Read More...]