PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his vow not to become a dictator during his six-year stint.

At a testimonial dinner held at the Club Filipino in San Juan City last Thursday, the President recounted that during the campaign for the 2016 presidential race, he was told by someone that "if you find it hard because many do not want it… declare Martial Law."

Duterte, however, said he would not do such because the country had already experienced it during the Marcos regime, which in effect had negative impact to the Filipino people.

"Declare Martial Law?… Well, I will not do it – far from it actually. We were around during those times," he said.

"For me, let the Filipino taste what is government," he added.

Before he assumed his post, the President said he would not declare a Martial law, unless there will be a coup attempt against him.

"I said, if you hold mutiny, I will really form a revolutionary government. If you destroy government, I have to protect it," Duterte earlier said. (Sunnex)