MANILA, Philippines – The Palace assured the public that despite recent bombings in Cotabato and Leyte, there is no indication that President Rodrigo Duterte will declare martial law.
“These are not indicators, that the context of being a set-up for, let’s say, declaration of martal law, for example,” said Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella during a Palace news briefing on Thursday, December 29.
On Thursday night, another bomb wounded 7 in Aleosan town, Cotabato.
All incidents are being investigated by authorities, said Abella.
The explosions should not be cause for alarm among the public since there is no confirmation yet that they were acts of terrorism, said the spokesman.
“It’s an area of concern but not alarm…Why so? Simply because, first and foremost, nobody has made actual claims regarding responsibility, has not taken responsibility for those explosions so we cannot pinpoint a specific area or person responsible,” said Abella.
Duterte had given various statements on the likelihood of him declaring martial law.
Recently, he said he believes the President should have the sole power to declare martial law instead of requiring Congress approval to continue martial law.
The Philippines continues to be under the state of national emergency declared by Duterte after the deadly Davao City bombing last September. – Rappler.com