Only “Maute Group” remains rebelling in Mindanao? Print
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:25



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 16:2, the Holy Bible).


WHY IS THE MAUTE GROUP THE ONLY ONE NOW BEING REFERRED TO IN THE WAR IN MARAWI CITY? Will somebody please explain to the Filipino nation why reports about the on-going war in Mindanao as a result of the Marawi City siege are now uniformly limiting the terrorists who are rebelling against the government, and who are holding on to the city up to now with the intention of placing it and the whole of Mindanao under the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS), to only the “Maute Group”?

Right from the start, the official line, even of the Duterte government, was that the terrorists who placed Marawi City under siege, and who continue to wage war up to now against government military and police forces, belong to at least four groups—the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), the Ansarul Khilafa Philippines (AKP), and, of course, the Maute Group.

As of the time (2:45 p.m.) this column was being composed on June 26, 2017, however, all official pronouncements from the government, and even media reports on the war, have been referring to only the Maute Group as the enemies in the South. Why are the ASG, the BIFF, and the AKP, no longer being mentioned as among the terrorists who invaded Marawi City? Any explanations, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana?


ONLY “MAUTE GROUP” REMAINS REBELLING IN MINDANAO? I find this omission of the ASG, the BIFF, and the AKP as among the terror groups in Mindanao without even any attempt to explain that omission, totally strange. It is strange because even the comment that the Office of the Solicitor General filed with the Supreme Court to answer petitions questioning the declaration of martial law there affirmed the active participation of the ASG, the BIFF and the AKP, in the Marawi siege.

Specifically, under Paragraph 9 of that Comment (signed by Solicitor General Jose Calida), confirmed that these four groups, not just Maute, conspired and stormed their way into Marawi City, to take away Mindanao from the Philippines to place it under the control of the ISIS.

Then, under Paragraphs 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 of the same Comment, the specific acts that were committed by the four terror groups to sow terror—murder, bombings, kidnappings—were delineated by the OSG. In fine, there should be no doubt at all that it is not only Maute that is pursuing the dismemberment of Mindanao from start of the hostilities up to now, bu the four aforementioned groups.


RP MUST EXPLAIN TO THE WORLD: So, why is the Maute Group the only one that is being referred to now, when pronouncements and stories about the Marawi City siege are being dished out and being published? Has the Duterte government suddenly found evidence that the ASG, the AKP, and the BIFF are not part of the Marawi mayhem? Or, has the government already vanquished all the forces that overran Marawi, except the Maute?

Whatever be the reason, the government owes it to Filipinos, and to international players who are waiting with bated breath about the outcome of the Marawi problem, to explain this clear turn-around in referring to, or reporting about, what is going on in that place.

The people and the world should not be left hanging as to what really happened, is happening, and will still happen, in Marawi City. The people and the world have a right to know the truth, and the Duterte government can do no less than disclosing what is truly happening in Marawi City.


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