Impact of martial law in Mindanao, one month later

A month after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao to defeat ISIS sympathizers called the Maute group, Malacanang calls the war on terror in Marawi City a success.

But as kababayans in New York revisit the Marawi situation via reports coming from a Philippine congresswoman and an activist leader from the Philippines, they believe otherwise.

At least 280 suspected terrorists, 69 government troops and 26 civilians have been killed in the month-long war on terror in Marawi City according to ABS-CBN.

Armed terrorists have forced more than 200,000 Marawi residents out of their homes.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday says the month-old martial rule in Mindanao is a success.

But Philippine Congresswoman Emmi de Jesus of GABRIELA says the military operations needed to defeat the Maute terror group in Marawi City do not require martial law.

“Hindi siya nakatulong, in fact ang tingin nga namin magiging venue ito for abuse, lalo na sa generation namin, katulad ko na nakaranas ng bangis at lupit ng martial law,” she said. “Personally naging biktima ako ng kalupitan ng martial law.”

De Jesus was a former political prisoner under the Marcos martial law in the 70’s.

The congresswoman is also questioning the timing of the declaration of martial in Mindanao.

“There was an exaggeration of reports, and President Duterte who was in Russia during that time, 8 hours after the first time the military went to Marawi to pick up Hapillon, already signed the proclamation…”

 Bayan metro Manila’s chairperson says martial law has always been on the president’s mind even before the Marawi siege.

A few days ago, President Duterte apologized to the Maranao people for declaring martial law in Mindanaom and for the devastation the conflict brought to Marawi.

“I am very very very sorry, na nangyari ito sa atin sana kung madaling panahon, you will find in your heart to forgive my soldiers and gobyerno pati ako for declaring martial law, wala akong choice eh.”

 “Those are just words really, if he’s sorry for Marawi then why doesn’t he lift martial law,” said Nina Macapinlac from BAYAN USA. “We call on Duterte to act on his word. This is another example of him being a lot of talk, not acting on his words.”

On Friday, Malacanang said martial law in Mindanao is a success. It has prevented ISIS from establishing a base in the Philippines, and the terror group from spreading outside of Marawi City.

But kababayans here ask: if the terror group is contained only in Marawi, why is all of Mindanao under martial rule?

Petitions have been filed before the Philippine Supreme Court to nullify proclamation 216 since the armed conflict is only confined in Marawi and not the entire Mindanao.


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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    30 June 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

    According to Doctor Gener-Med Acob (N.Y. resident & U.P. alumni), kababayans in N.Y. are talking thrash again by crying, whining, bitching and moaning about the declaration of martial law??? And from who? It had to be De Jesus? Ok, she’s claiming to be a victim of martial law… In front of the camera, people would be telling you fairytale about martial law. But you see, there’s a reason why De Jesus represents Gabriela. Jose Maria Sison (badaff CPP-NPA founder hiding in Netherlands, afraid of his shadow) once said that the new political front of his group are Gabriela, Bayan Muna, Anak Bayan, etc. (Tiglao, 2016). People like her, who received “rumors” from the yellow community tend to open their mouth talking and feeding lies to those who ignorantly themselves easy victims. Acob stated, N.Y. also became the sanctuary state for lying FilAms activist…like Loida Nicolas Lewis or got a Potri…