The loyalty of the military to the administration is vital in the leadership of the President as he expresses during the Philippine Military Academy or PMA alumni homecoming recently. The president said that he needs the military in leading the county. Not for social control but for the protection of the citizens from the lawless, the reckless, and the selfish people of society. This is contrary to the Davao Death Squad or DDS drama in the senate probe. Those rumors are not new in Davao but none of that matters because the people know that the scare is the President’s way of protecting his constituents.
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[VIDEO]: Dinner with Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class ’67
President Rody Duterte speaks before the golden jubilarians, Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class ’67,
No Situation that could Warrant Martial Law
Persistent fears are created by the president’s critics that his strong-handed actions are a prequel to the declaration of martial law. The president is quoted as saying that he won’t hesitate to proclaim martial law if needed. Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año clarifies this by saying that there is no situation that warrants the declaration of martial law. The military is in full control. Martial Law is feasible only when there is destabilization as per the constitution.
Boost the Military’s “Morale”
Upon his inauguration, the president sees to it that he visits camps nationwide. These are his means to boost the troops’ morale. It is also possible to enlist military support for his war against illegal drugs. Año also denies a possible coup against Duterte. He assures that the whole armed forces are solid behind the President up to this moment. Their focus is to eliminate all internal threats.
The president discusses the need to continue his war on drugs. The influence of the foreign terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) in the country must also be contained. The ultimate purpose of these operations is to instill peace and order for the general public. Somehow, ISIS finds its way into the country but the administration devotes all available assets and resources to secure Mindanao.
DDS vs Various Wars
Duterte ordered the “cleansing” of the Philippine National Police and said he was extending the war on drugs to the last day of his term. Año said he has ordered the troops to intensify operations against local terrorist groups. “As soon as possible, we should reduce or eliminate the Abu Sayyaf,” he said. If DDS can handle these threats, then let it be – as per the attitude of the Filipino majority.