President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (July 5) thanked Senators Panfilo Lacson, Manny Pacquiao and Gringo Honasan for supporting his declaration of martial regulation in Mindanao.
In his speech earlier than the members of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade in Sarangani, Duterte lauded the three senators for understanding the risks that would befall Mindanao if he didn’t place it below authoritarian rule.
“I would like to also express my support to the civilian government — Senator Pacquiao — they supported me, mga local government units mostly because alam nila ang danger. ‘Yung mga senador pati ‘yan, doon lang ‘yan sila sa Maynila,” he stated.
“Maybe some, ‘yung military-minded, for example, Lacson, sila Honasan, alam nila. Alam nila ang sitwasyon,” Duterte added.
The President declared martial regulation on May 23 as a result of the preventing between authorities forces and the maute group in Marawi City.
While Duterte acknowledged that there’s a fair proportion of critics who’re in opposition to his declaration of martial regulation, he stated he has to defend the nation in opposition to threats.