by Bobit S. Avila
Supposedly this week, the Supreme Court (SC) would listen to the arguments of the so-called “independent minority bloc” at the House of Representatives who challenged the Martial Law declaration in Mindanao that Pres. Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte declared last May 23rd.
These petitioners are led by Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, Rep. Tomasito Villarin, Rep. Gary Alejano, Rep. Emmanuel Billones, Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. and Rep. Edgar Erice. The fact that they can make this petition before the SC is proof that the Martial Law declaration that Pres. Duterte made is not the same kind of Martial Law of the Marcos Dictatorship that these opposition groups are peddling to the Filipino people. In short, our democratic way of life is intact and I’m sure that the Supreme Court Justices are aware of this fact.
This is the whole trouble with Philippine politics today, we are suffering the same fate in Marawi City in the hands of ISIS-inspired Maute terrorists just like the Syrian cities of Raqqa, Palmyra, Aleppo and the City of Mosul in Iraq because the ISIS has established a Caliphate in those cities. This is exactly what they are trying to do in Marawi City to establish the first such Caliphate in the Southern Philippines and in Southeast Asia, thinking that the Philippine military isn’t strong enough to stop them. As the Chinese philosopher, Sun Tzu once quipped, “If you want peace, prepare for war!”
This reminds me of what happened 76 years ago to the United States of America when the Japanese Imperial Navy bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. World War II was already raging for two years in Europe, but America took a Pacifist stand until Pearl Harbor was bombed. A day later, US Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke before a joint session of the US Senate and Congress and made his stirring “A Day of Infamy” speech.
That speech by Pres. Roosevelt stirred a tsunami wave of patriotic fervor with Americans and resulted in hundreds of thousands of Americans volunteering to fight in World War II. America’s great economic machine was geared to strengthening and preparing Americans for the war effort that threatened their democratic way of life.
This is what is happening in Marawi City today in the hands of the Maute terrorists and by God, we must stop them before this fire becomes a major conflagration beyond our control! This is why Filipinos from the various political spectrums ought to band together and unite for the sake of our precious freedoms rather than use this incident to promote their individual political advancements, which they are doing today.
Alas, the opposition has chosen not to unite with the people of Marawi City and the majority of the Filipino people who wants this war to end at all cost; yet these opposition leaders opted to continue with their political agenda. I dare say that these opposition figures ought to visit Marawi City and console with our Muslim brethren who are suffering and getting sick every day in the evacuation centers. If they won’t then woe to them in the next elections for we will never forget what they have done against our freedoms!
Then there’s more disturbing news coming from the ultra-noisy Commission on Human Rights (CHR) which was headlined in The Philippine Star last Sunday entitled, “Stop Airstrikes in Marawi, CHR urges gov’t” written by Janvic Mateo. As the report goes, the CHR called upon the Duterte government to stop using airstrikes to defeat the Maute terrorists holed inside Marawi City. Unfortunately, our Star reporter did not quote a single person from the CHR organization. But whoever made this announcement is clearly hiding behind the CHR. What a coward!
Let me take a quote from that article, “While stressing that it supports the government’s efforts to impose peace and order in the city, it reminded the military that it should take every precaution to avoid harming civilians and infrastructure. The airstrikes have not only caused the destruction of buildings and civilian property, but, worse, have resulted in the killing of innocent civilians, including children, and even our own troops.” So now the CHR is blaming the airstrikes for the destruction of buildings and civilian property. What stupidity coming from that unknown voice from CHR.
Rather than blame the Maute terrorists for violation of human rights and the destruction and the killing of civilians and soldiers in Marawi City, the CHR chose to blame the Duterte government. Then the CHR continued to say, “The Commission believes that, in times of conflict and violence, the State must always ensure to limit the effects of armed conflict, especially for the vulnerable and marginalized sectors.” This is exactly what Pres. Duterte said a few days ago, that he could have wiped out the Maute terror group in a few days, but because we live in a civilized society, we have sacrificed the lives of our soldiers in order to protect our civilians. It is time to condemn the CHR!
June 13, 2017