President Duterte’s decision to impose martial law on the Island of Mindanao makes perfect sense to me. Muslim pirates and bandits from Mindanao and its outlaying islands have been a scourge for hundreds of years. Their increasing violence since aligning with ISIS has become intolerable. The only way the Philippine military and police can effectively cleanse the island of this menace is by operating under a state of martial law.
Thankfully, the parts of the Philippines I intend to visit over the next few years (Cebu City, Iloilo, etc.) are NOT on Mindanao.