President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday (June 27) knew the gravity of the terrorism risk the nation was going through when he declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23.
In a speech in Malacañang for the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, Duterte stated he had identified about what the Maute group and different terrorists had been able to even earlier than the battle in Marawi City began.
“Alam ko ang ginawa mo noong ‘pag sabi ko mag-martial law ako, nandoon ako sa Moscow, alam ko na lahat. Alam ko na how long it would take for us at alam ko ang deployment ng mga snipers pati kung saan nila itinago ‘yung mga armas nila,” he stated.
“I already had the complete picture and I knew that would be a long fight,” Duterte added.
The President signed Proclamation No. 216 declaring martial law in Mindanao whereas he was on an official go to to Russia. He needed to reduce his journey brief as a result of crisis in Marawi City.
Duterte stated he needed to declare martial law since he was conscious of the firepower stocked by the terrorists.
“Kaya ako dito sa Marawi, I decided to declare martial law kasi ‘pag hindi alam ko ‘nong na-perfect na namin ang intelligence, that there were so many firearms pati explosives,” he stated.
Duterte famous that a number of troopers are wounded by shrapnel from ammunition stocked by terrorists.
“Ang supply nila, hindi matatapos,” he stated.
“That’s why it took… Sabihin mo na kaya ito ng isang buwan? Hindi nga matapos eh because they were able to stockpile the arms and alam ko hindi ninyo alam ‘yan,” Duterte added.
The President careworn he was sad to declare martial law as a result of he knew the preventing that may ensue will probably be long.
“But kung tanungin ninyo ako kung maligaya ako, anak ng… I am also bleeding like you,” he stated.