Flicker of Hope: The Marawi Siege

"Delving into the realities of war and the unyielding human spirit, this blog provides a poignant look at the Marawi siege. It navigates the complexities surrounding martial law and the varied public reactions in the Philippines, spotlighting the government's response during the crisis. Central to the narrative is the resilience and unity of the Filipino people as they confront adversity. The blog urges readers to transcend personal biases and political divides, calling for collective support and solidarity with those impacted. Serving as a testament to enduring hope and patriotism, it symbolizes a beacon for peace and the journey towards rebuilding in the aftermath of conflict."

Engr. Ervin Goh

10/14/20172 min read

War is the most extreme instance of conflict in which two or more sides organize and utilize any and all available resources over time, to cause the other to surrender or exhaust all necessary resources to continue the conflict, not limited to the total annihilation of the enemy. There is no doubt that war brings wickedness to each and every one. It is the greatest catastrophe that can befall human beings. One has only to think of the havoc that was wrought in various countries very few years prior, in order to estimate the destructive effects of war. Violence only begets more violence. War is never the answer. However, we must recognize the fact that it is a necessary, inescapable evil because we look through war as the natural instinct for peace.

Since May 23, 2017 the Philippines army has been fighting Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi on the island of Mindanao, so President and the Palace released Proclamation No. 216, declaring a state of martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.For someone who is from Mindanao, knowing the beautiful city of Marawi was attacked by Maute group and are terrorized, locked indoors, while others were killed, they are not okay but they will be if they educate themselves. Hence, the problem is the opinions that were raised by numerous Filipinos. The Martial Law is declared for the safety of Mindanao so if others would say ‘no to martial law in Mindanao’, they also say ‘let there be no peace in Mindanao’. Mostly netizens from the city are complaining about the declaration because they said they do not and they never want the Martial law be implemented again in our country but what is the matter about having the law in Mindanao if you are from the island of Luzon? Next time, I think probably the Martial Law will be better to be imposed not on any other place but on the respective houses of the complainants.

Even though our government does not expect the attack on Marawi, we can clearly see how our government do all things to save that certain city in Mindanao. Also, we must stop asking where is the president, instead start asking where are we, where are the Filipinos in this time when our fellowmen experience great turmoil in their life. Martial Law will only be problematic, if it is abused. There is a crisis happening and we need to trust our government to do their job. Yes, freedom of speech is advocated by social media, but creating funny memes and negative reactions about the Marawi siege will never make you a better person.

Some terrorist are Muslims, but not all Muslims are terrorist. Instead of being united, we divide ourselves by prioritizing our personal interests, expressing our different political views, and rejoicing when our nation is suffering. The world is today witnessing a rise of terrorist activities in different parts of the world. Terrorist attacks are not funny and terrorism is not a joke, instead start praying for peace and take a leap to help each and every Filipinos united again. Even though the city will be seriously ruined, we must always remember that Marawi will always remain in the hearts of every Filipino. We are lucky because we are not the ones experiencing the terrorist attacks, we must be strong for Marawi, we must be strong for our country because in the end nothing will be left, but our patriotism will always serve as a flicker of hope.