Duterte has vowed that martial law will solve all the problems of Mindanao. But will it? There are more problems in Mindanao than just the terrorists and many of these problems are also evident throughout the entire Philippine archipelago.
Here, in no certain order, are just a few problems martial law won't solve.
Bootleg DVDs. Horrible audio and video. Sometimes unintelligible subtitles. Complete junk. Before every movie there is always a long public announcement that piracy is a crime punishable by heavy fines and jail time. How do they even allow these blackmarket DVD kiosks to stay in operation?
Traffic jams and drivers not obeying traffic signs, lights, and laws. Why are they still going when they have a red light?
Leaning electric poles and shoddy, dangerous electrical work.
Children playing on construction equipment. Who is supervising this construction site and the vehicles?
Overloaded sugarcane trucks. They speed and end up spilling sugarcane all over the road.
Burning garbage. Everyone does it. This stinky and unhealthy practice is not going to be stopped by martial law.
Dangerous and unsafe practices on construction sites. You think martial law is going to make these guys wear safety harnesses? Think again!
Mass dumping of litter and garbage. Hey its gotta go somewhere. If they don't burn it they might as well dump it on the side of the road.
Little children on motorcycles. If the law and common sense won't stop this dangerous practice do you really think martial law will stop it?
Neighbours rudely playing their music so loud you can hear it way down the block. Filipinos love playing their music loud and singing karaoke loud and having loud fiestas until 5am. Martial law won't be making anyone turn down the volume.
That's just a few of the many problems in Mindanao and the Philippines that martial law will never solve.
What will solve them?
Cultural revolution. These problems are all a part of the culture. The wonderful Filipino culture.