Martial law vs corruption? It’s just Duterte’s ‘expression of frustration,’ says Palace
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Tuesday said President Duterte was merely expressing his frustration when he suggested that his successor should declare martial law to rid government of corruption.
Duterte said this during his final State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, reiterating what he previously said that nobody can stop corruption “unless we overturn the government completely,” and that martial law should be in place “to change everybody in the system.”
“Tinutukan lang ni Presidente na napaka embedded sa sistema ng corruption. Kung hindi tatanggalin lahat ng tao sa gobyerno, baka hindi matigil,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview with GMA-7 when asked to clarify Duterte’s remark.
(The President only highlighted that corruption is really embedded in the system. If you don’t remove everyone in government, it might not stop.)
“It’s an expression of frustration kumbaga dahil talagang gustong gusto niyang linisin ang gobyerno pero he could not do it in six years time. Pero hindi naman po literally ibig sabihin, kailangan ng martial law pa para diyan,” he added.
(It’s an expression of frustration because he wants to clean the government but he could not do it in six years time. But the meaning should not be taken literally that a martial law is needed for that.)
Under the 1987 Constitution, the President may only proclaim martial law in case of foreign invasion and rebellion when public safety requires it.
Duterte has repeatedly expressed frustration with corruption, admitting that it is “impossible” to eradicate it.
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