Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is current amid a national crisis after his declaration of martial law on the southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday in order to combat advancing Islamic extremists fighting under the ISIS flag. The controversial president’s decision to bring his national military to bear on a domestic front seems justifiable, but has raised concerns among many that worry they may be seeing a recurrence of the same methodologies employed by Philippine dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, who declared martial law in 1965.
Despite concerns levied by political opponents of Duterte and the rapidly developing situation in the southern region of his nation, the Philippine President demonstrated an objectively inappropriate level of joviality when taking questions from the media on Friday. At one point, he even made a joke about the possibility of his troops committing rape against the citizens living under martial law.
“The consequences of martial law and the ramifications of martial law, I and I alone would be responsible. Just do your jobs, I’ll take care of the rest,” he told his soldiers via the press on Friday.
He then warned his troops not to commit human rights violations before joking, “I will be imprisoned for you. If you rape three (women), I will say that I did it. But if you marry four, son of a whore you will be beaten up.”