PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte warned Thursday that he may be forced to declare Martial law in Mindanao if peace and order worsens in the region.
Speaking before the local officials in Mindanao, Duterte appealed to the people to aim at serving just and long-lasting peace in the region, or else, he might declare Martial law if hostile activities continue to flourish there.
"I will be compelled now [to have] extraordinary powers, not to perpetuate myself. Believe me, I am not happy continuing with this job. But since I have to – it’s not a question of emotions; it’s a question of duty," the President said in a speech delivered in Davao City.