US intel community notes Duterte’s statements on revgov, nationwide martial law

According to United States Intelligence Community’s 2018 assessment of threats to US national security which was reported to Senate Intelligence Committee on February 13, “Southeast Asian countries will remain fragile in 2018 as autocratic tendencies deepen in some regimes and rampant corruption and cronyism undermine democratic values.”

The assessment was presented by US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Daniel Coats. US DNI serves as the head of the US Intelligence Community, overseeing and directing the implementation of the National Intelligence Program and acting as the principal advisor to the President, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to national security.

“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.”

“His declaration of martial law in Mindanao, responding to the ISIS-inspired siege of Marawi City, has been extended through the end of 2018,” the US DNI added.

It was also noted that countries in the Southeast Asian region “will struggle to preserve foreign policy autonomy in the face of Chinese economic and diplomatic coercion.”