Political analysts think that the switching position of President Duterte on the issue of the declaration of Martial Law is merely a political strategy meant to give the opposition a second thought. There are a number of people, mostly oligarchs allied with the former President and his political party, who have been working hard in planning to unseat Duterte.
By openly expressing that he is open to the idea of declaring Martial Law if the situation calls for it, Duterte’s opposition would certainly back off, fearful that the Philippines may go back to its ‘dark ages’ when President Marcos declared it 45 years ago.
Analysts believe that it is a bluff because Duterte seems pretty much secure of his post because he has the solid backing of the Philippine military and the police, the essential elements which switched allegiance back in 1986 leading to the ouster of President Marcos.
It happened again in the Philippines when President Joseph Estrada was impeached from the presidency in 2001 when the military and the police defected and switched sides to then incumbent vice president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who assumed the Presidency afterward.
But the nine-year term of Gloria Arroyo as President, was far worse than the three-year term of Estrada so the Philippines and the Filipino people have learned their lesson about the so-called People Power movement to oust a sitting Philippine President.