Netizens terrified or trusting of martial law in Mindanao

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Social media erupts after the Philippine government announces that President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines (May 24, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on Tuesday, May 23, prompted by the attack of the Maute Group in Marawi City.

The announcement generated rapid-fire comments on social media, both negative and positive. This comes as no surprise, as martial law in the Philippines remains a hot-button topic after former dictator Ferdinand Marcos imposed it nationwide from 1972 to 1981.

Some netizens reacted to Duterte’s declaration with fear and indignation.

Others, however, are cautiously in favor of the declaration.

How do you feel about this latest declaration of martial law?

  by Rappler Social Media Team |