Duterte to face the nation for the first time since signing anti-terror law

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 07 2020 02:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte talks to the troops during his visit to the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City on July 3, 2020. Robinson Niñal Jr., Presidential Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will face the Filipino nation on Tuesday night for his first public address since he signed the new anti-terror law.

Duterte will deliver a speech from Davao City and is expected to stay there for the rest of the week, his spokesman Harry Roque said.

"Magtatalumpati nga po at magmemensahe ang Presidente galing sa Davao at ang inaasahan ko po for the rest of the week nandoon po si Presidente," Roque said in a Palace press briefing.

(The President will give a message from Davao City and I expect him to stay there for the rest of the week.)

Duterte will be joined by Secretaries Francisco Duque III, Eduardo Año, Delfin Lorenzana, and Carlito Galvez, Jr. for the address, Roque added.

Tuesday night's address to the country will be Duterte's first since he signed the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 last Friday.

On the same day that he signed the law, the President faced government troops in Zamboanga City to ease tensions between the military and police.

Policemen in Sulu shot dead four soldiers last June 29 in what the police initially say was a misencounter, but which the military describe as a "murder" and a "rubout." The National Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.

The new law, which has been heavily criticized on fears that it could be used to silence government critics, is facing several challenges at the Supreme Court.