MANILA – More than four decades after his father put the country under martial law in September 1972, Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. said on Friday there is no need to declare martial again to instill discipline among the Filipinos.

This was the reaction of Marcos, the only son of former President Ferdinand Marcos, to the question of a student from the Central Escolar University in Makati City where he was guest speaker at the Honor’s Society Day.

”Do you think declaring martial law can arrest the disciplinary issues of the country?,” Maria Angelica Crisostomo, a psychology student, asked Marcos, who is running for vice president in the May 9, 2016 elections.

”Definitely, there is no need to declare martial law. All we have to do is to instill discipline,” Marcos answered, drawing applause from the audience.

Marcos said martial law is applied only during war to galvanize the entire populace to fight the war.

”Now I understand your question very well because we can see the lack of discipline not only from among the ordinary people on the streets but also those running the government,” he said.

Marcos said what is needed in the country, which was ruled by his father for almost two decades, “is a strong leader with a clear vision of where we want to take the country in the next five or 10 years.”

”A strong leader with the clear understanding of how to achieve and impart vision and to galvanize the populace so that we are once again united, working towards common purpose and once again thinking not only of ourselves,” he added.

In the coming elections, Marcos urged the CEU students to join the whole nation in choosing the next leaders who can lead the nation towards a better future.

”That election is our opportunity to change direction here and provide and find good leaders who have leadership, vision and motivation for the entire populace to come together and work for the betterment of the Republic of the Philippines,” Marcos said. Jelly F. Musico/PNA /