Battle of Marawi

The Battle of Marawi – Who’s the Biggest Loser?

The Battle of Marawi is almost over. It’s been fifty-four days since it started. This is a war between the good and the evil. But at the end of the day, it is really Filipinos fighting each other. Muslim insurgents versus the Government soldiers.

First time in the history of the Mindanao Muslim insurgents that they gather and fight together. The truth is, the Maranao and the Tausogs do not get well with each other. They fight, and they don’t fight side-by-by against the Government troops. But in this war, they become one in the name of ISIL. Somebody must have convinced them to unite and fight to establish a Wilayah.

In this article, I want to reflect on this war particularly about, “whose the big loser” and what should be done. So, who really is the loser in this war?

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Marawi City

Why you shouldn’t call this Maute group – ISIS

The Marawi siege is not an ordinary rebellion as it is carried out by unified Islamist groups led by the Maute group wanting to get attention and support from the internationally known ISIS. Normally the Maranao and the Tausog do not agree with each other. But this time, they have come to fight side-by-side.

Muslims are so obsessed with the Idea of spreading their faith through Jihad. But for this newly unified group, it is not only about religion. It is about the money they can get from international support. So they fight without fear under the influence of drugs methamphetamine (shabu) as many people here in Mindanao know. They can even dance in the middle of a firefight without fear of losing one’s life.

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The Joy of Forgiveness

The joy of forgiveness – a reflection of a learned man

Have you experienced the joy of forgiveness? Surely, we all have experienced anger. Many times we feel so unforgiving. This scenario is so common in our society. It touches our egos. Our pride can’t let go of what we feel. In short, we easily forget the lessons from our moral teachers. But then, at the end of the day, we can realize that somehow we are the once carrying the heavy burden.

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Fighting for what is right – a call to be proactive

Have you experienced fighting for what is right and end up as if you are the loser? At times, we feel so right and so we wanted to stand by our principles and fight for what we believe is right.  And so we bring out our ideas. Defend our position. Guard our perimeters so as not to be overtaken by opportunists. But they still succeed and stay in power. We think we fail and we became frustrated, and sometimes paranoid.  And while we look insecure, they remain confident and arrogant. Continue reading “Fighting for what is right – a call to be proactive”