Coming soon: Warrantless arrests, big raids under Duterte’s iron-clad rule, but it’s not martial law
As if the state of emergency is not enough, President Duterte is looking at more powers that would allow him to conduct raids and warrantless arrests once he declares the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in an effort to strengthen further his campaign against illegal drugs and put a stop into the terrorism in Mindanao.
Duterte said he does not want to declare the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus but he might do it to put all the drug lords behind bars, if now swallowed by the grounds. He said he also plans to use the power in his administration’s effort to eradicate the Abu Sayyaf Group once and for all.
“This my warning to them. I don’t want it because it is not good. But you force my hand into it, I will declare the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. Not martial law,” Duterte said in a speech in Davao City last Friday night.
He was quick to say that such move is not the same as imposing martial law. “I don’t have political plans,” he said.
Duterte said he is resorting to the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus because he is losing time to stop the drug menace. The terror activities of the Abu Sayyaf in Mindanao remained relentless, he said.
“I will declare a suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, I will pick them all up. I will bring them to Samal. I will drill a hole in the middle of Samal so that all of them will go down once it submerges,” he said. “Mamili sila, totoo. If you do not give me a choice, and then you box me in a corner and I find myself helpless because… kaya nandyan yan eh. Those are really provisions intended to protect the Republic of the Philippines,” Duterte said.