President Rodrigo Duterte requested for time to assume over the prospect of declaring martial law in Mindanao, significantly in Sulu.

At a press convention on the Davao International Airport following his arrival from China early Tuesday (May 16), Duterte was requested concerning the Save Sulu Movement’s name for him to declare martial law in Sulu due to the actions of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

In response, Duterte mentioned: “I need time to ponder on it deeply and it is not on the — a political decision, it is an emotional decision.”

While Duterte mentioned tinkering with the State’s “extraordinate powers” isn’t simple, he additionally recalled saying that he’ll remedy the whole lot that ails Mindanao ought to he be pressured to position the island underneath authoritarian rule.

“Pati na ‘yung boundary sa lupa. I would not just tinker with it as if it’s a plaything. It’s a very serious matter,” he mentioned.

“But kung ako ang magma-martial law, there is no way of telling how long would it take us to restore order or we might not really be able to succeed,” Duterte added.

The army mentioned it’s monitoring over a dozen overseas terrorists in Mindanao who’re reportedly working with members of the Maute Group, the Abu Sayyaf, and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

Duterte has ordered the army to crush the ASG and different terrorist teams.