The fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIS inspired Maute Forces are still hot in Marawi and as we all know; the President has declared Martial Law. This is something that plenty of people didn’t take lightly because of the horrors that are quite synonymous with the words. People are rallying and they are saying that this is unnecessary. Senator Miguel Zubiri has something to say to them.
A little background, this is not the same declaration that terrorized the country back in the era of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos. This one is under the recent constitution and has safeguards that make sure that it won’t be abused.
Because of this, Senator Zubiri gave out a challenge to those who oppose the decision and are saying that diplomacy should be used instead. He said that he’ll personally fund their trip to Marawi so they can see what’s really happening in the war zone.
“Ang hamon ko nga sa kanila, itong mga hindi sumasang-ayon at sumisigaw po sa telebisyon na pumunta po sa Marawi. Kung gusto nilang pumunta ng Marawi bibigyan ko sila ng tiket, pamasahe. Bibigyan ko sila ng sasakyan para pumunta sa Marawi at kausapin yung Maute group, kung gusto nilang kausapin yung Maute group,” said the senator.
Additionally, he said, “Titingnan natin kung makalabas po sila ng buhay dun sa mga lugar na iyon dahil itong mga kalaban na ito napakahirap kausapin at halos imposible na po dahil ang gusto nila mamatay na tayong lahat.”
This challenge was extended to Senator Risa Hontiveros who went viral last week for her remarks about the situation in Marawi City.
As of now, there is already a petition in the Supreme Court that questions the declaration and the alleged oversight of Congress calling a joint session to discuss it.
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