The Outgoing President Benigno Aquino III admitted that he considered declaring Martial Law in Sulu three weeks ago to fight the armed group Abu Sayyaf.
“Walang guarantee na magkakaron ng positive results. Baka magkaron pa ng negative results. Baka magkaron pa dagdag simpatya sa mga kalaban,” Aquino said in a press conference in Jolo
He clarified that he considered declaring Martial Law because the deadline for the Abu Sayyaf ransom for their hostages drew near.
According to PhilStar report, President Aquino decided not to because “martial law may drive more people to support, sympathize and join the bandit group.”
source: Philippine Star