Thursday, February 11, 2016

Protesters in Marawi: ‘Noynoy traydor’


Around 5,000 protesters flocked to Marawi City, Lanao del Sur yesterday, February 1, in a rally that they call the Declaration of the Day of Betrayal as a reaction to the failure of the Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Present in the rally are LGU officials, Marawi City Mayor Fahad Salic, Muslim and Christian religious leaders, United Bangsamoro Justice Party, Saksi Islamic Radio Forum, youth groups, women groups, and civil society organizations.


According to the manifesto coming from the organizers of the rally, they are calling on the leadership of both the Senate and the House of Representatives to firmly resolve, once and for all, the Bangsamoro peace issue. They say that the time is now and not later because the national stability is at stake and they fear the radicalization of the Bangsamoro youth.


In an interview with Lanao del Sur Former Congressman Benasing Macarambon, he confirms the emergence of radical groups in Mindanao particularly ISIS.


Macarambon also said that although he tells his constituents that President Aquino is sincere, the problem is that the Bangsamoro people do not believe PNoy anymore. The protesters even chanted a song about how PNoy did not honor his words and therefore a traitor.

Drieza Lininding, secretary general of Bangsamoro Movement for Peace and Development, said that for him, the non-passage of the BBL is not the fault of the legislators alone but of the President as well.

Now that the BBL is derailed, the protesters are asking where all the time and effort in deliberating the BBL went. They are questioning the sincerity of the government in the peace process. And they are now calling not just for the passage of BBL but for independence instead.

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