FILE PHOTO: President Rody Duterte on May 11, 2017 attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the (Association of South East Asian Nations) ASEAN 2017 at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The President is joined by his fellow ASEAN leaders including Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. (PCOO)
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines was mentioned twice in the published Worldwide Threat Assessment report of the US Intelligence Community by the director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats.
First, because of the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte about his determination to continue his campaign against illegal drugs, corruption, and crime.
Second is the statement of the chief executive suggesting he could suspend the Constitution, declare a revolutionary government, and impose a nationwide martial law.
But according to Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, this is just a mere speculation.
“We describe as myopic and speculative its reference to the president suspending the Constitution, declaring a revolutionary government and imposing nationwide martial law,” said the presidential spokesperson.
The US Intel Community report also indicates that the Philippines is among the 30 countries where governments used social media to spread government views, drive agenda, and counter criticism of the government online.
The said intel report had caused news to circulate in the social media tagging President Duterte as a threat to democracy.
But Malacañang said that the said news reports are just click-bait.
“Pero yung sinasabi na binansagan daw ang pangulo na threat to democracy in Southeast Asia. Click bait po yun, wala pong katotohanan,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
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