Human rights abuses won’t occur even when President Rodrigo Duterte makes one other declaration of martial law, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) stated.
Over the weekend, Duterte stated the second martial law he’ll declare will be indefinite and related to the authoritarian rule imposed by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.
Sought for touch upon Duterte’s comment, AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. on Monday (June 19) stated the President could have referred to the scope of Marcos’ martial law, which coated the whole nation, from September 1972 to January 1981.
“Well, definitely the President will not be referring to abuses. He may refer to the breadth and the depth of how to impose it but I guess it’s not because of the abuses,” he stated at a press briefing in Malacañang.
Padilla stated the army is ensuring human rights are upheld even when Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao since May 23.
“You can see how the military is implementing martial law now, its complete regard for human rights and IHL [International humanitarian law] and the other protocols that have been established. So if there are any complaints, we are open to receiving those complaints and acting on it immediately,” he stated.
Facing reporters in Butuan City on June 17, Duterte stated he was prepared to withdraw his declaration of martial law ought to it be ordered by the Supreme Court.
He, nevertheless, stated he was ready to declare martial law once more, and he would not seek the advice of anybody if he does.
During a press briefing in Butuan City, Duterte stated that he was prepared to withdraw his martial law declaration in southern Philippines if the excessive tribunal orders so.
“If anything goes wrong, magdeclare ako ng martial law ulit, the second time around, if the people suffer, bombings ganon, ‘di na ko makinig maski kanino,” he stated.
“If that rebellion burns Mindanao and other parts of the Philippines, and I’ll be forced to declare martial law again, this time I will do it on my own to preserve my nation. I will not consult anybody and there’s no telling when will it end. It could be a copycat of Marcos,” Duterte added.
For his half, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella affirmed Padilla’s assertion.
“I think we should take that in context and I agree with what the General said that the President is talking about the length and breadth and the depth of the efforts to be placed through martial law, especially because his first and last consideration regarding ML is public safety,” he stated.