Trust President Rodrigo Duterte on his decision to declare martial law.
Former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo made public her support to Duterte and rallied the nation to be on his side.
“I’ve been president. I was president . . . and being president, you have information that others do not have. They help you make a decision but you cannot share the information with others,” Arroyo said in a message delivered at a program of the Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines in Makati City.
“Therefore, it’s important we just trust the President because he knows what we don’t know, he knows what he’s doing, so let us all support the martial law of President Duterte in Mindanao,” she said.
Arroyo said the war in Marawi City against rebel forces “carries with it the issue of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.”
“I’d like to use the opportunity to stand foursquare behind President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao,” she added.
The backing of Arroyo, whom many viewed as a close adviser of Duterte, came amid opposition to martial law. Several groups and individuals have questioned it before the Supreme Court, saying the declaration has no factual basis.
Arroyo reiterated her assessment of Duterte’s first year in office, saying the latter has shown “awesome leadership and resolve in the many programs that he set out to do during his presidency.”
“In the first year he completed yesterday the instituted bold reforms against illegal drugs and corruption,” she said.
She also praised the current administration’s economic agenda, peace and order efforts and anti-corruption initiatives.
The former chief executive also said that Duterte has become a unifyfing figure for the Filipino people.
“One thing that the President has done is to inspire and unite the Filipino people toward his goal of effecting real change in the country, pagbabago,” she said.
Arroyo also wished the President “the best of health for the rest of his term.”