- PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said decision for nationwide martial law expansion depends on Pres. Duterte
- Gen. Bato admitted being a martial law victim but insisted Duterte’s military rule was different
- PNP to support Duterte over potential nationwide martial law expansion plans
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa recently shared his thoughts on the possibility of a nationwide martial law. His statements came following the Congress’ approval for the 1-year extension of martial law in Mindanao last week.
After the PNP Christmas party in Camp Crame on Monday, KAMI learned that the media asked Gen. Bato if he would recommend the nationwide expansion of martial law. The 55-year-old director general responded that the decision is in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“As I have said, depende sa kanya [Duterte],” dela Rosa said, as per Rappler. “Desisyon niya 'yan, hindi ko siya papangunahan, it is dependent on his own determination. Anyway, bakit, takot na takot ba kayo sa martial law?”
Dela Rosa also said that those who oppose the imposition of the extended military rule should ask the people of Mindanao how it affected their lives. According to the Davao-native PNP chief, martial law has a huge impact on bad people.
Dela Rosa added that he, himself, is no stranger to the martial rule. In fact, he experienced torture during the martial law of the Marcos era.
Dela Rosa, however, he insisted that Duterte’s martial rule was different as the imposition of the military rule have “restrained and forced” terrorists and bad people into hiding. The “law-abiding citizens” or the peace-loving people, on the other hand, continue to live their daily lives without any major changes.
The PNP chief admitted that there is no reason for declaring the nationwide expansion of the martial law. But he admitted to recommend the measure when his subordinate commanders (regional directors) will be in unison and recommend it.
Dela Rosa also refuted the claims regarding the martial law extension in Mindanao, saying the authorities would not be able to eradicate terrorism with martial law. As per dela Rosa, the martial rule only made their “job a lot easier.”
"Mas kayang sugpuin kung may martial law,” he clarified. “Kaya naming sugpuin without martial law, but it will give us a favorable working condition, a favorable operational environment. Kung merong martial law, that will make our job a lot more easier.”
Meanwhile, dela Rosa stressed that the PNP will support Pres. Duterte if ever he decides to declare martial law nationwide. According to PhilStar, Gen. Bato explained that the police force will support it if the president believes the imposition is needed to address the security concerns of the country.
International rights group Amnesty International, however, lambasted the martial law extension in Southern Philippines. As per the organization’s Southeast Asia and the Pacific director James Gomez, the extension was an “ominous move” that motioned ill-treatment, human rights abuses, unlawful killings and destruction of civilian homes.
Opposition party-list Magdalo also believed that a nationwide martial law had been Pres. Duterte’s objective ever since. They said that the extended martial law in Southern Philippines meant to “condition” Filipinos to think that “military rule was ordinary and acceptable” even when it should not.
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