But PNP chief says the President will respect SC decision on martial law

Frustration probably made Duterte say he would pull out Marawi troops

/ 04:51 PM June 19, 2017
Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa walks after an anti-terror simulation exercise at a bus terminal in Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Dela Rosa said at least several people have been killed in battle between government forces and suspected Abu Sayyaf militants on a central resort island, far from the extremists' southern jungle bases and in a region where the U.S. government has warned the gunmen may be conducting kidnappings. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Director General Ronald dela Rosa, PNP chief ( File photo by AARON FAVILA / AP)

Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police, said President Rodrigo Duterte might just be expressing his frustration when he said that he was going to withdraw government troops in Marawi City if the Supreme Court could not find factual basis for his declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

“That is his decision kung gusto nya i-pull out,” Dela Rosa said. “Pero siguro baka act of frustration ‘yan dahil nga madaming buhay na binuwis, dami na nating nasugatan ng mga kasundaluhan at kapulisan. Then ngayon gano’n na lang, i-give up natin yung syudad ng Marawi na hindi pa natin fully na-recover.”


Dela Rosa made the statement to reporters in an ambush interview in Calamba, Laguna on Monday. The PNP chief was in Calamba, hometown of Jose Rizal, to lead the commemoration of the 156th birth anniversary of the national hero.

“Magaling si presidente sa sarcasm eh,” Dela Rosa added.


Over the weekend, Duterte threatened to pull out government troops fighting Maute terrorists in Marawi if the SC would decide against his declaration of martial law.

He said, however, that if rebellion would hit Mindanao and other parts of the country again he might be forced to declare martial law again without consulting anybody.

“There is no telling when it would end,” Duterte added.

This declaration of martial law could be a “copycat of Marcos,” referring to the dictatorial regime of the late Ferdinand Marcos, which was marred by human rights abuses, arbitrary killings and detention.

Despite these statements, Dela Rosa said he believed Duterte would still respect the decision of the high tribunal, whatever it might be.

“He really respects the Supreme Court,” Dela Rosa said. “Whatever decision na sabihin ng Supreme Court then everybody will follow.” /atm/rga

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