Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened on Wednesday to declare a “state of national emergency,” saying there are too many crimes in the country that hold back foreign companies and investment, Xinhua reports.
“I am warning the criminals, everybody, whether in the government or outside (of the government). I will make radical changes in the days to come,” Duterte said in a news conference shortly after he arrived from Seoul for an official visit.
“There’s no difference actually between martial law and a declaration of national emergency. So I’ve been warning all. I’m warning all including the human rights, it’s either we behave or we will have a serious problem again,” he added.
He said that “most of the companies (why they don’t want to come) here (is the rampant crime). They are concerned by kidnappings, killings.” He did not elaborate though.
“Well, somehow, even with this meager emergency power, I will use it to the hilt to put things in order,” Duterte said.