SC, opposition want Mindanao to burn before realizing it’s rebellion. Next time I declare martial law, I won’t listen to anyone – Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte thinks some Supreme Court justices and opposition leaders “crazy” for insisting that there is no rebellion in Marawi City despite the “murderous rampage” of Islamic State-backed terrorists in the last 27 days.
“They (Maute Group) committed the crime of rebellion and there is the flag of ISIS. If that is not enough, what is it? Tapos itong may mga justices pa, ang mga judges are giving terrorism lang ‘yun eh hindi raw rebellion. The terrorists are committing rebellion, the rebels are committing rebellion,” said Duterte in an interview in Butuan City Saturday.
“Yung mga non-believers, because they are really on the opposite side, whatever the reason may be, it could be a cold-bulleted thing for them. But in the name of — in the altar of politics sa kanilang ano, mali talaga ang ginagawa ng gobyerno,” he added.
The SC is set to decide on a petition by opposition leaders and human rights groups to void Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao because there was no rebellion happening in Marawi but only terrorist acts by Maute and Abu Sayyaf. Rebellion, not terrorism, is one of the basis for declaring martial law.
“Ano ba tingin mo? What do you want? That they burn half of Mindanao before we can call it a true-blue rebellion? It’s crazy,” Duterte said.
”Pero kayong nandito sa field, alam ninyo. If it’s just plain terrorism, why don’t they visit Marawi and convince the people to stop. Eh ang pagtingin kasi nila, walang tamang ginawa ang gobyerno. Puro mali when most of the time, sila ‘yung… crybaby,” he added.
But Duterte assured that he would lift martial law if the SC ruled in favor of the opposition.
“Ngayon, kung ayaw nila, okay ako. If they want a — sabihin nila na there is no factual basis, then I am ready to order the military to withdraw. And we will not move. Sila na, sila diyan kung kaya nila.So kung magsabi ang Supreme Court, mali, then okay. I will withdraw,” he said.
Duterte, however, gave an ominous warning that if another siege would erupt, he would not hesitate to declare martial law again but this time under his own terms. He said it could be a “copycat” of the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ martial law in which he enforced a one-man rule.
“If anything goes wrong… ‘pag mag-declare ako ng martial law uli, the second time around, if the people suffer — bombings, ganon and I’d be forced to call martial law, hindi na ko makinig maski kanino,” he said.
“If that rebellion burns Mindanao and the other parts of the Philippines, and I will be forced to declare martial law again, this time, I will do it on my own to preserve the nation. I will not consult anybody and there is no telling when it will end. Wala na. Basta… then it could be a copycat of Marcos,” he added.