Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. sees no need for the imposition of martial law to solve the country’s problems.
What is needed, he said, is a strong leader with a clear vision.
In an open forum at the Centro Escolar University (CEU) in Makati City on Friday, Marcos told students that martial law is imposed to galvanize the populace when there is war.
“There is no need to declare martial law when all we need to do is to instill discipline,” he said in response to a question of a student.
The senator, who is running for Vice President as an independent, noted that he understands the student’s concern on the apparent lack of discipline in the country as can be of discipline in the country as can be gleaned from disorder in the streets to the manner government officials run the country.
Marcos, however, Marcos martial law is not the solution to the problem on the lack of discipline.
He noted that Filipinos need a leader with a clear vision and who knows where to take the country in the next five to 10 years.
“A leader with the clear understanding of how to achieve that vision, and to impart that vision and galvanize the populace so that we are once again united toward that common purpose,” Marcos said.
“We should think not only of ourselves, of our families or of our party mates. We should be thinking of what is needed to build this nation into a vibrant, a strong and a peaceful society,” the senator added.
The elections in May, he said, is an opportunity to change direction and find a good leader who could bring the country toward that vision of unity and progress.
Compared to the five other candidates for Vice President, Marcos seems to have the most extensive experience in public service.
Before being elected senator, he served as governor of Ilocos Norte for three terms and as Second District representative of the province.
He transformed Ilocos Norte into a first-class province by harnessing and developing its potential and embarked on his pioneering project for alternative energy through the now famous Bangui and Pagudpud windmill farms.