Saturday| June 17, 2017
Asked whether he still believes President Rodrigo Duterte was right to impose martial law in Mindanao, Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada on Thursday urged Filipinos to give the president their "full support."
"As the Filipino people elected President Duterte, let's just support him. He knows well, being the president," Estrada said at the presentation of candidates for Miss Manila 2017 at the Manila Hotel on Thursday.
Duterte imposed martial law in Mindanao in the final hours of May 23, the same day that fighting broke out between government troops and the terrorist Maute group in Lanao del Sur's capital, Marawi City.
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"We should trust him. If the Filipinos trusted him as President, okay. Let's give him our full support," Estrada continued.
Oral arguments on the petitions against the imposition of martial law resumed on Thursday.
Estrada previously said that he does not see anything wrong with extending martial law to the rest of the country if there is a threat of ISIS gaining a foothold in the country.
He even suggested conducting an all-out military offensive to flush out terrorists, similar to his declaration in 2000 of an "all-out war" against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Estrada's son, Senator JV Ejercito, drew flak from netizens for his comments against critics of the martial law declaration, whom he and fellow Senator Sonny Angara derided as "armchair experts."
Ejercito later said he had been misinterpreted
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