President Duterte will take responsibility for the Martial Law in Mindanao!

Acts of violence– Whether on a large or a small scale, the bitter paradox: the meaningfulness of death–and the meaninglessness of killing.”Dag Hammarskjöld

The declared martial law in Mindanao and the repression of the Maute Group in Lanao del Sur and in the city of Marawi. The official date for the Martial Law were on the 24th May 2017. This after the Maute group really went in and created havoc in the city. Therefore the speech President Rodrigo Duterte had to the army in Lanao del Norte as he wanted to show his presence and his support to the soldiers who are fighting the terrorist group. Even though like normal, the language and rhetoric is harsh and rough, but to inspire and give hope. He showed courage as he take it all on him and says so. There would be many leaders who would flip the blame to someone else. The President said the things very clear, the Marial Law is suspending many civil functions, but it is done so the state have power to stop the guerrilla and militants can be stopped by force.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, May 26, rallied government troops to win the war against terrorists in Mindanao, and assured them that he “alone” would be responsible for the “consequences” of his martial law declaration in the region” (…) “Sasamahan ko kayo (I’ll be with you all the way). If you go down, I go down. But for this martial law and the consequences of martial law, and the ramifications of martial law, I and I alone would be responsible. Trabaho lang [kayo]. Ako na bahala (Just do your job. I have your back),” he said” (…) “”Ang utos ko sa tropa, lahat ng tao na hindi authorized ng gobyerno na magdala ng baril at lumaban, patayin ninyo; ubusin na lang ninyo. Kasi ganoon din ang laban (My order to the troops is to kill all those who are not authorized by the government to carry firearms, who fight back; kill them all. Because that’s what’s going to happen anyway). They will come back to fight for another day,” he said” (…) “Go for it, at may full support kayo sa akin (and you have my full support),” the President added” (Rappler, 2017).

That President Duterte takes responsibility is a clear indication of how he acts, as the representative he is of the people and not someone above the law. Even if he suspends it for the cause of fighting terrorism in Mindanao. Therefore, the public should rest assure. His support of the soldiers in this critical time is also positive as the results and the ending of the Maute Group is now main priority, as the troubles their previous activity and now also all the destruction and killings do in Marawi City.

Though, as the long-gone United Secretary Dag Hammerskjold said.. all killings are meaningless, the deaths of Marawi is the same, all of the men and woman on both sides of battles dies over nothing. They die over pride and wanting to occupy already established territory of the Republic of the Philippines. So the deaths these days are all victims of the pointless death. Even if I support the Martial law and support the attempt to stop the ones creating anarchy and destroying society in Lanao Del Sur. Still, the killings will only hurt the loved ones and the people who shared their lives.

We can hope that the Philippine Army can take the militants down and stop their vicious attempt of trying to force their caliphate in the Mindanao. That is why the army has to address it by guns and arms to make sure their legitimate and righteous rule continue. So that the Republic still has control and has peace inside their borders. This is the main objective and also to gain control of Mindanao and not having insurgency there. That is why the Martial Law and its objective is important to support, even as the killings are all pointless. Though some are needed to secure daily life and the rights of the people. Even with the sudden suspension of many of the common liberties. That is the price to pay to get rid of militants.

The ones going against the Martial law in this effort, is not living in the area or wanting to understand the massive assault on the Marawi City that has been done. As the technical operations and planned skirmish to really take control and install fear that the Maute Group did. That is why the army has to answer and also the state. Even if it cost a bit of liberties and also makes sure the civilians get to flee from the battle-zones of the Mindanao. Peace.

Reference:

Rappler – ‘Duterte: ‘I alone’ responsible for martial law aftermath’ (26.05.2017) link: http://www.rappler.com/nation/171019-duterte-responsible-martial-law-aftermath

Opinion: Time to support the Martial Law in Mindanao!

If you feel worried and wonder why the reasons for a Martial Law in the Mindanao in the Philippines, than your not trusting the central government and President Rodrigo Duterte. It is time to so, because this is the last measure of the government. Since the Maute Group, a Militant Islamic group who started their violence in 2016 in Butig town in Lanao Del Sur part of Mindanao.

Maute Group:

The group is named after its leaders, the Maute brothers, both Filipinos with extensive ties to the Middle East, according to the military” (…) “Military intelligence said the Maute brothers also had links to two of the region’s most dangerous militants – Indonesian Ustadz Sanusi and Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan. Both were killed by Philippine security forces, Sanusi in 2012 and bin Hir in 2015” (Mogato, 2017).

So it is not like the Maute group who has already besieged Butig in 2016 was unknown to the President. The militants was known, but the sudden attack and clashes in Marawi over the last days has been massive. The burning of state buildings, kidnapping of several key figures in the city, as well as beheading the city Police Commander. Therefore, this weeks assault on the Marawi city is really disturbing and should be worry.

There are the ones that are addressing the Martial Law and saying it is wrong. Well, it should be wrong to totally to besiege Marawi City. That is what is happening and the Philippine National Army are now trying to fight back the Maute Group. The pictures leaked of the militants as they went into the city. They had modern military equipment as they took the town. The clips of the actions and skirmishes in town proves the army doing what they can to battle them back. That can also be seen with the 13 militants defeated in the latest day.

That President Duterte has delivered the Martial Law to the two houses in Parliament proves that he is following the procedure of the constitution. As well as other things are working like normal, not only Finance Minister Carlos Dominguez saying the business will go as normal. Even the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) is supporting it. So it is not controversial everywhere, it is in the states and parts of the Republic, which isn’t affected by the Marital Law. The people of Mindanao are supporting it.

That is because the insurgency and the violence are happening around their homes and close to their friends and family. If they doesn’t give away some freedoms and liberties, than the state might not get a chance to weaken and get rid of militants in the area. That the public has to wear-ID and has to cross dozens of checkpoints on their way. Is a little price to pay to give the army and their intelligence needed space to defeat the Maute Group. The deaths and destruction in Marawi is proof of the cure of terrorism.

That Martial Law is taking away ordinary liberties and freedoms is expected, that the public has less power and cannot walk around as free as normal. Is the price that the government needs to stop the Maute group from growing and also create more havoc in Lanao Del Sur in Mindanao. There are guidelines and advice for citizens to follow under Martial Law. As the extensive force for the army and less ordinary capacity for justice, as the Martial law suspends the normal courts in away.

The Martial Law is not controversial in Mindanao, but in Luzon and Metro Manila. Therefore, the ones that get their freedoms taken away and see the value is accepting it. They give the state and the army more freedoms so they fight the Maute group. As they are destroying and continuing to destabilize the Mindanao island. This should been seen as why we should support the Martial Law. Not because the state should sanction this for longer time needed, but as long as the militants kills, destroys and create havoc for ordinary people. As long as Maute guerrilla warfare continues to cause nothing but bloodshed and destruction. President Duterte is reacting to it with force of his arm and the tools at his disposal. 

If you want a peaceful Mindanao, you need to support the Martial Law, as it might sanction and also take away basic freedoms, but it gives the army needed space to battle with the Maute group. That should be enough reason to stand behind it and with the knowledge that the citizens of Mindanao, also supports it! Should also be a secondary reason for being behind it. If the Luzon and Metro Manila is fearing the Martial law, they should know that the people of Mindanao fears the militants. They do not fear the army and their protecting force. Peace.

Reference:

Mogato, Manuel – ‘Maute background, links: Little-known group becomes formidable force in PH’ (25.05.2017) link: http://www.interaksyon.com/maute-bakground-links-little-known-group-becomes-formidable-force-in-ph/

Philippines: Declaring a State of Martial Law and Suspending the Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Whole of Mindanao (24.05.2017)

Opinion: President Duterte shows strength towards the EU!

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”George Orwell (1984).

Another former sore point in the Republic of Philippines. This being the critic and the internal squabble of internal affairs by foreigners in the Republic of President Rodrigo Duterte. These has been the United States of America, Spain, European Union and others. Now the President stands up to them, also as the power-shifts to other alliances and diplomatic partnerships. This is certainly knew to a few, but since the first days in office, even President Obama got a mouthful for the interference in the internal issues and military operations in the Philippines.

The United States and European Union have been critical of the President Duterte and his administration. Therefore, that the Duterte Administration acts now upon the European Union warnings on the Extra Judicial Killings in the Drug War is expected. That is because the European Union want their donations and their grants to have more power. This is what worries Duterte and his administration, as they want to continue their popular work in Philippines. That is the reality, even if it is controversial and the methods seems rough. The Philippines and the public are understanding why President Duterte uses those sort of Police tactics to undo the controlling drug-lords and cartels in the Republic. But take look at the reporting!

Preemptive strike by Duterte:

A government source privy to the meetings said administration officials agreed to preempt any move by the EU to cut off aid “by refusing to receive it.” Malacañang on Thursday said Duterte had already approved the recommendation of the Department of Finance to reject grants from the European Union that “may allow it to interfere” in the country’s internal affairs” (Bencito & Ramos-Araneta, 2017).

Abella explain the cutting of Grants:

The Duterte administration announced yesterday it will reject new grants from the European Union (EU), possibly forgoing some 250 million euros or roughly $278.7 million in funds for development projects in the country, particularly in Muslim Mindanao” (…) “The President has approved the recommendation of the Department of Finance not to accept grants from the EU that may allow it to interfere with internal policies of the Philippines,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters at Malacañang” (…) “The Philippines reserves the right to accept loans and grants that help attain its objectives of promoting economic development, inclusiveness, and reducing poverty, attaining peace within its borders and with its neighbors, and fostering a law-abiding society,” Abella said” (…) “It also reserves the right to respectfully decline offers that do not achieve these goals and offers that allow foreigners to interfere with the conduct of its internal affairs,” he added” (Lee-Brago & Mendez, 2017).

Text Message from Jesus Dureza Dominguez:

In a text message forwarded by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Dominguez said Duterte “approved the recommendation not to accept the EU’s offer of a grant (of) about $280 million which would involve review of our adherence to the rule of law. That specific grant is considered interference in our internal affairs.” (CNN Philippines Staff, 2017)

So the Philippines authorities was thinking instead of being slapped and humiliated by Europeans donors and their grants. They would cut it off and not accept the donations to the projects. As the possible condemnation of the Police Brutality and Drug-War would assault the works done to create more peaceful atmosphere for the citizens. This is how it can seen, as the Philippines and their President Duterte, also has a closer relationship with ASEAN and China than before. They are also more key allies than the Europeans. They are also not putting to much strains in the relationship and saying how the government of Manila are supposed to work.

The preempt strike is because the Duterte administration want space and wants to make sure their respected. Maybe, the European Union are not used, neither is the United States. But they are not someones to toy around with and show-off. The Philippines and their government deserves credit for pulling their strings and stopping from being muffled with. Many doesn’t have the courage and the pride of the Republic.

No-one would expected this as the Philippines has usual just accepted the donation and the grants with the decided perks it had, since they had too. But now the Chinese and other friends are helping the Republic out with infrastructure grants and other development projects. They are certainly not questioning the will of internal security or stopping the strong administration of Duterte. They are accepting it and also being cordial about it. One thing no-one should do, is to underestimate the President and his will. It might seem rough and might seem strange. But not all is humble subjects of other nations, and that is refreshing, as Duterte administration actually stands-up to the ones no-one anticipated.

This isn’t a new morning, but still time to smell the coffee. Peace.

Reference:

Bencito, John Paolo & Ramos-Araneta, Macon – ‘Duterte rejects EU aid’ link: http://manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/237044/duterte-rejects-eu-aid.html

Lee-Brago, Pia & Mendez, Christina – ‘Rody junks EU aid for Philippines’ (19.05.2017) link: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/05/19/1701437/rody-junks-eu-aid-philippines

CNN Philippines Staff – ‘Cayetano: PH will decline any foreign aid with conditions’ (20.05.2017) link: http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2017/05/20/cayetano-ph-decline-aid-with-conditions.html