Will Duterte declare Martial Law like Marcos?

Opinion & Analysis Philippines Sep 29, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Bulatlat perspective

Talks about President Duterte declaring martial law this week became louder and sounded more urgent five days ago when the AFP (Agence France-Presse) came out with an article with the title “Philippines’ Duterte may declare martial law: defense chief.” This triggered alarm bells and the AFP article was posted by most, if not all, media agencies, local and foreign.

Well, the AFP has pulled out the article from its website and local media agencies have updated, nay changed, the tone of its article to “Lorenzana on nationwide declaration of martial law: ‘Remote possibility.” That was a huge swing. Was it a case of a spin, as Malacañang called it? Perhaps it is more of a case of finding an angle that is ‘newsworthy,’ or sensational enough to catch the attention of readers, which is called tabloidization.

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