Youth party hits Duterte’s over-reliance on military’s judgment

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By Joey Natividad

CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region (BicolToday.com) – President Duterte’s dependence on the military’s judgment to lift up martial law or not will only isolate the President from the people amid his threats to jail martial law critics, declared youth group Kabataang Partylist on Monday while preparing for protest actions for Tuesday, Philippine-American Friendship Day.

On Saturday, Duterte remarked before local officials about sending martial law critics to jail.

“It’s not dependent on the whim of the Supreme Court. Should I believe them? When I see the situation is still chaotic and you ask me to lift it? I will arrest you and put you behind bars,” Duterte said before local officials.

Kabataan Partylist reacted Sunday over Duterte’s latest threat to jail critics of his imposition of martial law in war-stricken Mindanao.

“Who is the President going to believe then? His appointees and colleagues in the military? Despite the AFP’s contradicting statements and fake news, it seems that at this point he’s not going to listen to anyone else, especially the people’s demands. Duterte’s over-reliance on the military will only isolate him further from the people,” Ben Te, deputy secretary-general of Kabataan Partylist said Monday.

Duterte earlier made statements that he would entrust the decision to the armed forces on whether to extend or lift martial law.

“We condemn the regime’s attempts to extend the martial law and widen its scope nationwide. The AFP, under the United States’ coercion, seems bent on doing so, turning on to fake news and warmongering in their desperate attempts,” Te said, informing Bicol Today.

“The Filipino people remain the real target of the state’s worsening fascism and state violence. Despite this, it will only fan the people’s resistance and thirst for real change,” Te concluded.

Youth groups and other sectors are gearing up for massive protests this month, especially on the Philippine-American friendship day, July 4, and on the president’s second State of the Nation Address on July 24. [BicolToday.com]

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