UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says his country will not be placed under martial law.
During a visit to South Korea on Tuesday, June 5, the president warned of “radical changes,” especially in public order and safety. However, on Thursday, he confirmed a martial law declaration is not part of the plan.
Martial law was briefly promoted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office in a video last year but it was later deleted.
Duterete said on Thursday a declaration of martial law would divide the nation, adding it is still a controversial subject following the overthrow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos more than 30 years ago.
Meanwhile, in South Korea on Tuesday, Duterte encouraged Koreans to visit the Philippines, saying he will fix the high crime levels and concluded he will “put things in order.”