PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said the martial law in Mindanao will not be different from the one-man rule during the time of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, stressing he will be “harsh” in dealing with the terrorists.
"Martial law is martial law. So to my countrymen, you have experienced martial law. Ito, it would not be any different from what the President Marcos did. I’d be harsh,” Duterte said in a video interview posted by Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Marguax “Mocha” Uson on Facebook.
Duterte also told the Filipinos not to be scared, adding that he is cutting short his trip in order to return to the Philippines.
“To our countrymen, 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 problems once that I have arrived,” Duterte said.
"Let me just tell everybody that I have declared Martial law for Mindanao. How long? Well, yeah, how? It would take a year to do it, then we will do it. If it’s over a, within a month, I will be happy,” the President added.