Roque: US intel community’s PHL assessment myopic, speculative

“The US intelligence community’s assessment is myopic and speculative at best,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in reaction United States Intelligence Community’s 2018 assessment of threats to US national security noting President Rodrigo Duterte’s statements on revolutionary government and nationwide martial law in Philippines.

“For one, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is no autocrat nor has autocratic tendencies. He adheres to the rule of law and remains loyal to the Constitution. An autocracy is not prevalent, as they would like everyone to believe. Our media are still able to broadcast and print what they want–“fake news” included. Our judiciary and the courts are functioning as usual. Our legislature remains independent and basic services are still being delivered,” Roques said.

He added that there is no revolutionary government or nationwide martial law, which US intelligence officials are saying that the President might declare or impose.

“While it is true that the Administration uses and maximizes social media to promote government messages and accomplishments, members of the political opposition and other cause-oriented groups use the same media platform to advance their agenda,” he added.

The assessment was presented by US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Daniel Coats before US Senate Intelligence Committee. US DNI serves as the head of the US Intelligence Community.

“In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to wage his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime,” Coats said in the report.

The US Director of National Intelligence also noted that “Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution, declare a “revolutionary government,” and impose nationwide martial law.”