Dispatch from Crame No. 93 (De Lima on Duterte’s martial law proclamation)

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That’s what Duterte wanted all along. That’s what he’s been salivating about since he held the reins of power, as an ultimate expression of his adulation for the late dictator. Martial law, finally.

Pwede nating sabihin—hindi na nakakagulat ang mga pangyayari ngayon at ang mga susunod pang mga pangyayari. Ganunpaman, lubos na nakakabahala ang kalagayan ng bansa natin ngayon.

Ordinarily, we can always give a duly elected President the benefit of a doubt and trust his judgments on matters of supreme import. But we’re dealing here with no ordinary or normal human being, a strongman with a dark, unstable psyche.

If, as a civilian Chief Executive, Duterte has already demonstrated, in absolute terms, a capacity for violence, irrational behavior and vengeful persecution, one can only imagine the boundless potentials for terror that this President may bear in wielding extraordinary powers as Commander-in-Chief and foremost overseer of martial law.

For me, the prospects of a more awesome and fearsome martial law are almost a certainty now. All it takes would be some incident within the NCR or any other urban area/s and we’ll wake up, one morning in the very near future, to a new declaration of martial law, expanded in both geographical scope and duration.

So, what do we do to avert such an impending catastrophe?

Prayers may not be enough. Pero manalangin pa rin po tayo ng taimtim. May awa po ang Mahal na Panginoon….

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