Duterte wants tougher national security measures

MANILA — Faced with the threat of terrorism and rebellion, President Duterte is seeking the passage of a law strengthening the government’s efforts to protect and defend national security.

“I am going to ask Congress to pass a national security code,” the President said during his visit to wake of slain policemen in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental last Thursday.

The President assured that the public has nothing to fear about the intensified security measure if they have done nothing illegal.

“Ang natatakot lang naman diyan ‘yung kalaban ng gobyerno. If you are a peace-loving Filipino, bakit ako mag — bakit ako maging Presidente kung mag-ano lang ng tao — mag-oppress ng kapwa tao??,” he said.

The President recently warned that the country was in “troubled and uncertain times” amid the lingering threat posed by Islamic State-linked militants and the New People’s Army rebels.

He has already sought an extension of the martial law in Mindanao until the end of the year amid protracted fighting in Marawi City.