Duterte: Nationwide martial law will make me look 'stupid'

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President Rodrigo Duterte faces the media after his annual report to the people.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte clarifies there's no need to put the entire country under martial law since there is no rebellion happening nationwide.

"No nationwide martial law. And because why? I will look stupid before the eyes of the public if I do that. And I am not ready to be called stupid," Duterte said to reporters after his two-hour-long state of the nation address.

The chief executive said military rule was declared because there was trouble in Mindanao. He admitted, though, that there was a failure of intelligence regarding the strength of terrorist enemies in Marawi City.

"So nagkamali kami doon, ang ibig sabihin (So we made an error there). If that is what you want, there was a mistake in the evaluation or assessment," he said, citing the terrorists' seemingly endless supply of ammunition.

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The President also said he recommended a five-month extension of martial law based on what the police and military were asking to contain the situation.

However, he assured the public that government troops in the south were not into abuses as they "are there in good faith."

"They are there to arrest, they are there to kill, they are to stop the rebellion, okay?," the former mayor said.

"Now, in pursuit or in the prosecution of those duties or mandate, they have to control civilians, they have to force them out of the house, they have to bar them from entering places.