- Duterte has threatened to declare Martial Law in Mindanao
- But only if the violence continue to escalate and local officials won’t help him
- However, he said he has no intention of using Martial Law to perpetuate in power
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has once again raised the possibility of declaring Martial Law, but this time only in Mindanao, and only if the local officials won’t do their part in finally achieving peace in the region.
Duterte said he won’t be happy about it, but at the same time he is ready on taking the step, if violence continue to escalate and if his campaign against illegal drugs and terrorism in Mindanao fails.
“Either tulungan ninyo ako or I will declare martial law tomorrow for Mindanao,” the President told a congregation of local executives in Davao City.
The president stressed he will now be compelled to exercise his extraordinary power as chief executive but assured it will not be for the purpose of perpetuating himself in power.
“Believe me, I am not happy continuing with this job. But since I have to – it’s not a question of emotions; it’s a question of duty,” he said.
Duterte said he cannot allow violence to prevail, but to do so, he needs help, or he will
have to make drastic measures which will be painful for everybody.
Somebody has to act on the problem and protect the nation, the president said; adding: “It is high time we decide, whether we exist with one nation or there will be a breakage in our society and in our lives,”
He also urged the terrorists to leave and find someplace else where they can be comfortable because he feels ‘uncomfortable’ where they are now.
This is not the first time Duterte dangled the possibility of declaring martial law amid the raging war against illegal drugs in the country.