Camarines Norte BICOL, PH | Reps. Carlos Zarate (Bayan Muna); Tom Villarin (Akbayan Partylist) and Ariel Casilao (Anakpawis Partylist) slammed Duterte even as they warned that the Malacanang order could be a prelude for the return of a martial law regime in the country.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by order of President Rodrigo Duterte, on Thursday signed Memorandum 32, which reinforces guidelines under the state of national emergency on account of lawless violence.
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The memorandum called for immediate deployment of additional police and military forces in Samar, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental and the Bicol Region to “suppress lawless violence and acts of terror” and “prevent such violence from spreading and escalating elsewhere in the country.”
It cited “a number of sporadic acts of violence” happening recently in these areas.
“There is a need to reinforce the directive of the president in order to prevent further loss of innocent lives and destruction of property and bring the whole country back to a state of complete normalcy as quick as possible,” the memorandum read.
Under the memorandum, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police and the Department of Justice shall intensify their intelligence operations against individuals or groups suspected of, or responsible for, committing or conspiring commit acts of lawless violence in the country, as well as investigation and prosecution.
It stressed that the constitutional rights of the public shall be respected by the military and police forces during the implementation of this order.
“Any AFP or PNP personnel found violating any of the foregoing constitutional rights shall be held administratively, civilly or criminally liable therefore,” it said
Critics of the administration see Malacañang’s new order deploying more troops in parts of the country supposedly to suppress lawless violence as a prelude to nationwide martial law.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday reiterated that he has no plans of declaring a nationwide martial law, as the period for the military rule in Mindanao is set to end next month.
“Iyang martial law-martial law. Hindi ako mag-declare ng martial law. Bakit ako mag-declare ng martial law? Puwede man kitang hulihin. Puwede nga kitang patayin eh,” Duterte said in a speech at the 35th founding anniversary of the Philippine Army Reserve Command at the Camp General Mariano Riego de Dios in Tanza, Cavite. ###TheFENIXFiles