President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned he could be spending years in jail had he not declared martial law in Mindanao as a result of disaster in Marawi City.
In his speech earlier than the members of the 403rd Infantry Brigade in Bukidnon Thursday (July 6), Duterte mentioned he was “forced by circumstance” to subject Proclamation No. 216.
“[W]e are forced to by circumstances at ako naman by Constitutional mandate, I have to do it. Otherwise, I would not only be a failure as a President, I could even go to jail, for just not doing my Constitutional mandates,” he mentioned.
Duterte mentioned he doesn’t relish being one other President who needed to declare martial law.
“Sino ba naman may gustong ganon? And I want to end it as soon as possible. But I must be assured also na the Filipino people — the nation is safe,” he mentioned.
Duterte mentioned he determined to declare martial law in Mindanao on May 23 after being instructed by safety and protection officers whereas they have been in Russia that the scenario in Marawi City has turn out to be crucial due to the preventing between authorities forces and the Maute group.
“Sila ang nagsabi, ‘The situation is critical.’ Sabi ko, ‘Are there civilians killed?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Are there civilians part of the fighting or puros innocent?’ ‘Sir, mga bata,’” he recalled.
“So what might not be critical to the other idiots of this planet is critical to me. Namamatay na nga ‘yung mga tao. So I had to declare martial law, to save lives and to save the Filipino nation,” Duterte added.