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Attacks a blow to Marawi diversity; perps are monsters – ARMM gov

/ 10:07 AM May 26, 2017
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ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

COTABATO CITY – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has condemned what he described as “acts of terror” committed against the people of Marawi City as he promised that immediate action would be taken.

“Words might seem useless right now, as no words can express what we feel as we share in the fear and anger of our people,” Hataman said in a statement.

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“Marawi City is known as the Philippines’ Islamic City, but it is home to people of different histories, different beliefs. That these acts of terror are happening in a diverse community bound by mutual respect
and a shared commitment to peace is a travesty,” he explained Tuesday night.

“Any group who sows terror and then dares to say that they do it in the name of Islam should be ashamed. Any man who claims to fight for a just cause, yet dares to incite violence a few days before the Holy Month of Ramadhan is a monster whose words belie his actions,” Hataman added.

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Armed men believed to be members of the Maute terror group and the Abu Sayyaf have been fighting with government forces since 2 p.m. Tuesday. President Duterte immediately declared martial law in Mindanao on Tuesday night, to prevent armed groups from attacking other major cities in the southern regions.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has been undergoing a peace process with the Philippine government for years and whose main base is in Maguindanao, one of the ARMM provinces, did not oppose the martial law declaration but urged President Duterte to ensure that in the process of running after terrorists, the military would not inadvertently go into combat with the MILF army and would respect ceasefire mechanisms.  SFM

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