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Duterte not a ‘military puppet,’ says Lorenzana

By: - Correspondent / @msarguellesINQ
/ 06:42 PM December 18, 2018

LEGAZPI CITY— Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana assailed the allegation of militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)  tagging President Duterte as a “military puppet” after he issued a directive sending additional troops and police to the Bicol region to quell lawlessness.

“It is unfair to tag the President as a puppet just because of the directive placing some areas, specifically Bicol, under a state of national emergency because of lawlessness,” said Lorenzana in an interview Tuesday.

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Lorenzana was here to attend the Regional Peace and Order Council meeting.

Bayan said “the deployment of additional soldiers and policemen and placing Bicol region under a state of national emergency is a de facto martial law.”

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Lorenzana, in defending the president, accused Bayan and other groups as communists, masquerading as militants.

“They are saying it’s a legal front, but still they are asking people to fight the established government,” he said. /ee

READ: Duterte sends more troops in Bicol, Samar, Negros vs ‘lawless violence’

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