Duterte threatens martial law critics: I will arrest you

Martial law critics received warning from President Rodrigo Duterte to be careful of their words or else they will be jailed.

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Duterte declared military rule in Mindanao on May 23 when the ISIS connected terrorist group, Maute seized Marawi City.

He has insisted he would ignore the findings of the court which has constitutional oversight, vowing only to listen to recommendations from the armed forces.

"It's not dependent on the whim of the Supreme Court. Should I believe them? When I see the situation is still chaotic and you ask me to lift it? I will arrest you and put you behind bars," said Duterte before local officials.

He added that people can talk of anything else and make compromises but not when the interest of the country is at stake.

Now on it's 41st day, government forces are on it clearing operations.

Duterte has faced criticisms from opposition members, who asked the Supreme Court to reject the declaration of martial law, which they have slammed as constitutional last month.

The 1987 constitution imposes limits on martial law to prevent a repeat of the abuses under dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was deposed by a famous “People Power” revolution the previous year.

Source: InquirerPhilStarPolitics