Declaring martial law in Mindanao was a tricky resolution to make for President Rodrigo Duterte even when he has warned about it a number of occasions prior to now.
In a speech earlier than members of the 103rd Infantry Brigade in Camp Ranao in Marawi City Thursday (July 20), Duterte mentioned he might lose his post had he not declared martial law.
“Intindihin naman ninyo ang trabaho ko bilang Presidente. Because of the critical condition as assessed by your military and different departments, I have to declare martial law. Otherwise I will be a candidate for impeachment also,” he mentioned.
“Mas mabigat yun, pwede ako maalis sa pwesto at mapahiya,” Duterte added.
The President issued Proclamation No. 216 inserting Mindanao underneath martial law on May 23 as authorities forces fought the Maute group in Marawi City.
He has requested to increase martial law in Mindanao till December 31 this 12 months.