In a video posted by Presidential Communications Office assistant secretary Mocha Uson, Duterte stated that his martial law will be the similar to former president Ferdinand Marcos’ version.
“Pero ang martial law is martial law. So kayong mga kababayan ko you have experienced martial law. It would not be any different from what the [former] president Marcos did. I’ll be harsh... Sinabi ko nga sa lahat do not force my hand into it. I have to do it to preserve the Republic of the Philippines and the Filipino people,” he said.
“How long? Well, if it would take a year to do it then we’ll do it. If it’s over within a month then I’ll be happy [to lift it],” he said.
Duterte, who is currently in Russia for an official state visit, also allayed the public’s fear of the rising terrorist threat in Mindanao which prompted him to declare the drastic measure.
“Mga kababayan natin do not be too scared, I’m going home. I’m cutting my visit here to be with my countrymen and I will deal with the problem once I arrive,” he said.
Duterte placed the entire island of Mindanao under martial law for 60 days on Tuesday night following the assault of the ISIS-inspired Maute group at Marawi City in Lanao del Sur.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines, for its part, said they were in full control of the situation. At least three government personnel have been killed while 12 others have been injured in clashes with the terrorist group.