Artist Lea Salonga was convinced by the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to declare Martial Law in Mindanao to prevent more uprising and terrorism in the island.
Salonga shared the post of her friend, Maia Villapañe, a blogger who supported the Martial Law in Mindanao in her Facebook timeline and the artist said that she would take blogger’s “word over just about anyone’s else”
The artist introduced Villapañe to her Facebook friends and followers and she gave them a recommendation to read it.
“This is my friend Maia. We met in New York. She’s an artist. Incredibly smart. I would take her word about what’s happening in Mindanao over just about anyone else’s, because that’s where she’s from. Please give this a read. If nothing else, you’ll get a point of view that’s most likely different from yours, and mine.” Salonga said.
Villapañe grew in Cagayan De Oro, a place in Mindanao where a war between the government forces and armed rebels is happening until today.
In her post, Villapañe recounted how she grew in Mindanao, seeing military checkpoints and reading reports from local news about armed group and terrorist group attacks.
After Maia noticed that national media didn’t often covered the situation in Mindanao, she realized that the northern counterparts didn’t really care about what’s happening in her place.
She said that they voted for Rodrigo Duterte, the first Mindanaoan President, to end the unending war in Mindanao.
Maia said that Mindanaoans are already prepared if the government wanted to take a little of their personal freedom just for the safety of everyone.
The blogger also asked the Manileños who rallied against Martial Law if their complaints would save the Mindanaoans from the upcoming terrorists attacks.
Villapañes post has gone viral on the internet and she was praised by the netizens for defending the President’s strategy to end the war in Mindanao.
This is the whole letter of Villapañe:
I grew up seeing military checkpoints dotting our route from Cagayan de Oro to Surigao. We learned early on to associate the presence of the military with safety because our local news too often would report of this armed group or that terrorist faction making some sort of mess. Although these skirmishes were often not covered by your national media, we Mindanaoans learned early on that our Northern counterparts didn’t really care about us and our government only gave us perfunctory handouts. We learned to be tough and to survive.
But we are also tired of having to deal with these armed groups. We want a real end to this. That’s why we voted for the President.
So if we have to sacrifice a little of our personal freedom, if we have to adhere to a curfew, if we have to cooperate with the military, WE ARE PREPARED. We’ve done this a million times before.
You think your complaints are saving us? They’re not. You only want to feel validated for supposedly “caring” but I bet that before all of this, you knew next to nothing about Mindanao and its people.
Kaya don’t us. We’re tired and your complaints are pissing us off.
Maia (GenSan-born, raised in Cagayan de Oro; daughter of Mindanao)
PS: I still have family and friends in Mindanao. Despite the threat, they know exactly what to do at this point. Unlike you whiners, they’re as tough as reinforced steel. No complaints and fear-mongering from them, just the same old refusal to be intimidated by terrorists.
Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte decided to declare Martial Law in Mindanao after the terrorist group Maute attacked Marawi City.
As of writing, 61 terrorist already declared killed and the AFP is still continuing their operation against the group.