"Me, if I become president, if Allah gives his blessing, before I die, since I am old, I will leave to you all a Mindanao that is governed in peace," promised Mr Rodrigo Duterte during his election campaign.
"Long live the Moro! Long live the Moro! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar (God is great)!" he declared with undaunted conviction, presenting himself as the harbinger of a new era in Mindanao.