Martial law not part of 'radical changes,' says Duterte
MANILA, Philippines – Another martial law declaration is not included in the "radical changes" President Rodrigo Duterte warned of a few days ago.
"No, martial law is not feasible. It won't work," said Duterte on Thursday, June 7, during a press briefing at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal 2.
He had been asked by a reporter if martial law would be part of the big changes he will be implementing soon. Duterte said he would "think of something else."
"First of all, it's going to be a divided nation so I don't know if everyone will agree with [that]. I might think of something else," said the President.
As he mentioned in a speech on Wednesday, June 6, one of the changes will be his placing under the Office of the President agencies he deems "out of control."
He revealed that at least one of the agencies he will transfer is headed by a secretary.
Because the secretary might get "hurt" if he announces the agency, he said he prefers to inform his Cabinet first during the next Cabinet meeting. A Rappler source said a Cabinet meeting and command conference is set to take place next week.
Duterte hinted that he would put special focus on the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government executives. (READ: Malacañang: 'Radical changes' related to fight vs drugs, crime)
"I have to fix the PNP. I will have to fix others but it's a dwindling thing. Then I will deal with the local governments lalo na 'yung (especially) complacency and the nonchalant attitude towards the problem to criminality," said the President.
He expressed frustration over local government chiefs who aren't proactive enough in dealing with criminality in their areas of jurisdiction.
He again threatened to suspend them or strip them of their supervisory powers over the police if they don't boost their efforts. (READ: 7 governors, 132 mayors in Mindanao lose power over police) – Rappler.com