Duterte thankful for Pacquaio, Ping, Gringo for supporting his martial law

President Rodrigo Duterte is thankful for Senators Panfilo Lacson, Manny Pacquiao, and Gringo Honasan for supporting him in his declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

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In his speech before the members of the 102nd Infantry Brigade in Sarangani, Duterte mentioned the three senators for their awareness about the dangers that could be drawn in Mindanao if he did not place it under authoritarian rule.

"I would like to also express my support to the civilian government- Senator Pacquiao- they supported me, mga local government units mostly because alam nila ang danger. Yung mga senador pati yan, doon lang yan sila sa Maynila," said Duterte.

He also highlighted Lacson and Honasan for their military minds and understanding his decision.

"Maybe some, yung military-minded, for example, Lacson, sila Honasan, alam nila. Alam nila ang sitwasyon," the President added.

Rody declared martial law on May 23 when Maute group seized Marawi City.

Despite of the criticisms, Duterte said he had no choice because it is his duty to defend the country against threats.

Source: Politics