Ramos doesn't see Duterte declaring martial law

Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 29 2016 05:52 PM

MANILA - Former President Fidel Ramos on Tuesday said he does not see President Rodrigo Duterte declaring martial law. 

"I do not see it coming," Ramos, a key figure in the 1986 People Power Revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship, said during a forum with the Inquirer Group on Tuesday.

He made the statement amid suspicions the government is trying to create an image of lawlessness in the country in order to declare martial law. A bomb found on Roxas Boulevard Monday was even rumored to have been planted by government forces, an accusation the PNP denied. 

The former president said Duterte declaring martial rule was unlikely since Filipinos have already rejected the notion of martial law.

"Martial law has already been thrown away by our people and... you might call it enlightened rejection," he said.

He added that under the 1987 Constitution, the President must seek Congress approval before he can make such a declaration so there are safeguards in place.

In October, Duterte said he was tempted to declare martial law in a bid to boost his war against illegal drugs. 

"There are 6,000 barangay captains doing their own thing, manufacturing shabu. How am I supposed to deal with... sometimes I am tempted, really, to declare martial law. But it is not feasible, they say, well, fine," he said.

Duterte said "narcopolitics" is the reason why he declared a state of lawlessness.