The country doesn't need another martial law to stop crime. The system just has to work, said Duterte's camp.
Reaction towards Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's camp has often been overwhelmed either by disbelief or dread reminiscent of Martial Law.
The most recent of these reactions came from Senator Juan Ponce Enrile who suggested that declaring martial law would be the only realistic method to remove crime.
Read also: Only Martial Law can stop crimes, Enrile said.
Inquirer reported that it is not necessarily the case.
Duterte's spokesperson Peter Lavina said in a statement:
“We beg to disagree with Sen. Enrile. There is no need for Duterte to declare martial law. He needs only to enforce the law, the enforcement agencies to do their jobs, the judicial and penal system to work, and the community to cooperate.”
Enrile is not the only one who voiced his opinion on Duterte's plan. But the camp's response to most of them is similar: you can't achieve anything with a defeatist attitude.
In spite of Duterte's plan always being questioned in its feasibility and consequences, the famous Davao mayor still leads in the poll survey taken from March 26 to April 1.