“MARTIAL Law? Kalokohan ‘yan,” President Rodrigo Duterte declared as he dismissed talk of an impending martial law declaration as “foolishness”.
“Kung manggaling sa akin ang martial law, kalokohan iyan. Nag-martial law nga tayo noon, anong nangyari? Gumaling ba ang buhay natin? Hanggang ngayon wala,” the President said.
“Kaya itong mga taga-Maynila, akala nila siguro, hinihintay nila na magalit ako, t**g i*a martial law dito, martial law doon. Barilan dito, barilan doon. Pag-alis ako dumami ang patay lalo. You build a nation over the dead bones of the Moro and Christians,” he said.
Duterte said the sowing of terror by the Maute group, who was forced to retreat to the fringes of Butig, Lanao del Sur following days of military offensive, must end now as their cause is not legitimate.
“Fifty lang kayo tapos maglaban kayo ng armed forces. Kalokohan. Pumunta ka na lang sa Middle East. Mamili ka ng anong eroplano, bigyan kitang ticket, sige doon. Anong gawin mo dito at istorbohin mo ang isang community? Then what?” he said.
Following the attempted bombing in Manila, the Philippine National Police placed the entire country under Terror Alert 3.
The President also asked House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez to speed up efforts for Charter change leading to a federal form of government.
In a speech delivered at the third Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Local Government Summit in Davao City, Duterte reiterated his promise to step down to give way to a federal form of government.
“Ako, I am offering my term. Sabi ko nga, ma-craft lang iyan. Wala kayong problema sa akin,” Duterte said, addressing Congress.
“If you can craft three years from now ang federal set up but I will just suggest that it must have a strong president kundi delikado and parliament,” he added.
“Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Bot [Bebot], dalian n’yo iyan.’ Sabi ko, ‘Matapos kayo dalawa, tatlong taon, I will step down as president.’ You can have my word,” Duterte said, referring to Alvarez.
In his speech, Duterte stressed that only a federal form of government could solve the problem in Mindanao.
“But I think the only acceptable arrangement, as of today, this moment of our generation, and of the lives of the Moro people is federalism. Other than that, bakbakan ‘to,” he said.
Duterte said there is no point in declaring martial law in Mindanao as it will only deepen the wounds of conflict.
“I don’t allow oppression in this country and I will never do it. Sabi nila martial law. Mag-martial law ako dito, ano? Patayin ko lahat ng Maute pati yung religious extremists, then?” Duterte said in a speech in Davao City.
“Bakit iyun bang nasa utak niya maipasa niya sa anak niya? Hindi kanya iyon eh. What this guy will remember is yung tatay niya pinatay. Martial law for what, killing people?”