NAGBANTA si Pangulong Duterte na gagamitin niya ang militar sakaling magkaroon ng karahasan sa darating na eleksyon.
“Either we have an election that is free or I will use the military to see that the election is free. The military is the guardian of our country and I could call them any time to see to it that people are protected and election’s freely, orderly exercised,” sabi ni Duterte sa kanyang talumpati sa Sultan Kudarat.
Idinagdag ni Duterte na dapat matiyak ang malaya at mapayapang halalan sa susunod na taon.
“Nobody wants trouble, nobody wants cheating. But minsan — hindi kayo — but pass this on, this message to everybody outside here na sabi ko nakikiusap na ako, I am pleading, almost praying that people will really stick to the rule of law and avoid violence kasi ‘pag hindi, unahan ko na kayo,” ayon pa kay Duterte.