Pacquiao on Duterte martial law statement: “Kilala ko si Presidente. Lahat ng ginagawa ng pangulo para sa taongbayan"
Senator Manny Pacquiao defended President Rodrigo Duterte against his critics after the latter commented about martial law.
Pacquiao said Duterte knew what he is doing and he knew that it is for the good of all common people.
He also reiterated his support to Duterte's war on drugs.
“Hindi naman basta-basta magde-desisyon ang Pangulo. Wala naman hangad yan kung hindi para sa bayan,” Pacquiao said.
“Para sa’kin, irerespeto ko kung ano yung desisyon niya…Kasi kahit ako nakikita ko, nanonood ako palagi ng news, yung mga tao — can you imagine massive na yung campaign against illegal drugs tapos ang tigas ng ulo ng mga tao, ayaw huminto,” Pacquiao added.
Pacquiao was close to the president. He knew Duterte very well and he won't do anything that can harm people and just for self-interest.
“Kilala ko si Presidente. In-a-assure ko sa kanila na lahat ng ginagawa ng pangulo para sa taongbayan. Wala siyang gagawin para sa kanyang sarili. Believe me, believe me,” he said.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said that what Duterte stated was a fact and he said that Duterte didn't say he will declare martial law.
“He’s just stating a fact but he’s not saying that he’s going to declare martial law,” Sotto said.
"The issue is, will it be supported by the people? Is it necessary? Will the Congress or the Supreme Court conform?” he added.