By DEE AYROSO
Tags: Marawi crisis
“The US government and Duterte’s incessant accusation against the Moro people as harboring terrorists gave a go-signal for the military and the police to openly attack Moro civilians and communities.”
Groups called President Duterte’s declaration of Marawi’s liberation “ironic.”
“You can come visit our lands, interact with us, do business with us, but we will resist if you encroach on our lands.”
“The truth will soon come out. Nothing is ever hidden.”
The Meranaws of Marawi City are eager to return to their homes and get back on their feet without the encroachment of big business.
A Mindanao peace group reports killings, disappearances and torture of Marawi civilians by government troops since the its military offensives began in May.
“We condemn the Dawlah Islamiya in Marawi, but the US-Duterte regime is a bigger terrorist.”
A Marawi City evacuee tells of the hardship of searching for his kin under martial law in Mindanao.
The Maranaos from Marawi have brought to the capitol their stories of suffering and their demand for justice.
Of course, during the presidential campaign last year he already talked in a favorable light about martial law and expressed sheer admiration for the deposed dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos. But did anyone anticipate that within his first six months in office, President Duterte would facilitate Marcos’ political rehabilitation by allowing the burial of his remains…