The public can’t be blamed for its apprehension over President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao given the unhealthy expertise the nation had when it was imposed by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, broadcaster Korina Sanchez stated.

In her May 28 column for Bulgar, Sanchez stated not even Duterte’s praises for Marcos can ease the worry related with martial law.

“Hindi maiaalis sa mamamayan ang masamang imahe at karanasan ng Martial Law noon sa ilalim ni Marcos, kahit ilang beses pang purihin ni P-Duterte,” she stated.

Following his declaration of martial law in Mindanao final May 23, Duterte praised the authoritarian rule imposed by Marcos from 1972 to 1981 as “very good.” He additionally stated he will likely be as harsh as the late strongman in stamping out the risk of terrorism.

Duterte declared martial law amid the ongoing conflict between authorities troops and the terrorist Maute group in Marawi City.

Given that the battle is confined to at least one space of Lanao del Sur, Sanchez stated there needs to be no discuss increasing the scope of martial law.

“Dapat ay hindi pinag-uusapan ang paglawak ng martial law o kung gaano katagal itong ipatutupad. Kung tapos na ang krisis, tapos na rin dapat ang martial law!” she stated.