On the eve of the 44th anniversary of martial law, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is considering the revival of the Philippine Constabulary (PC) to help in the fight against terrorism.
In his speech before the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division in Mawab, Compostela Valley, Duterte noted that the reactivation of the PC would strengthen the government’s war on terror.
“I will return the Philippine Constabulary under the four commands [because I need more people on the ground to fight urban terrorism],” he said.
The Philippine Constabulary was established in 1901 as a military force with police duties to keep peace and order in the country.
But it was dismantled in the post-EDSA regime after it became notorious during martial law for widespread violations of human rights and extortion activities.
The 1987 Constitution provided for a Philippine National Police (PNP) that is civilian in character.
The President said the PNP will stay even as he plans to resurrect the Philippine Constabulary as one of the four major commands of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Duterte statement came a few days after he said that he looked to the Armed Forces to help the PNP fight crime.
He said then the soldiers should also reorient and reinvent themselves so they can better fight terrorism, which, according to him, will account for more violence in the future.
The President warned against continuing attacks of the Abu Sayyaf Group, which he said is not fighting for any real ideology but simply supports setting up a caliphate in Southeast Asia.