Maguindanao 1st District Rep. Sema condemns extremist groups for sowing terror in Marawi City

Rep. Bai Sandra Sema of the 1st District of Maguindanao condemned the extremist groups for “sowing terror and fear among the people of Marawi City and considered their acts as not Islamic. She also said that the group responsible in the outbreak of violence in Marawi does not represent Islam. 

In a report by Mindanews on May 26, Rep Sema said, “Please understand and support us in achieving peace so we can collectively act against this terror group. More than ever, Peace is the way. Our people can’t continue living like this. Peace is our only option. War is unacceptable”.

Rep Sema along with Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Party-list Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman tearfully urged her colleagues in the 16th Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) then headed by Mohagher Iqbal, now Chair of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel.

The BBL was overtaken by the Mamasapano fiasco and failed to pass by congress. 

Meanwhile, in the same report by Mindanews, it says that a consortium of Bangsamoro civil society groups called on warring forces in Marawi City to ensure the safety of civilians.

“Let not the civilians be the collateral damage,” the Cotabato City-based Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) said in a statement dated May 25.

It cited a verse from the Koran that says “killing an innocent and peace-loving civilian is like killing the whole humanity, while saving the life of an innocent and peace-loving individual is like saving the entire humanity.”

The CBCS said civilians are bearing the brunt of the ongoing clashes between government forces and the Maute Group. In both terror attacks and counter-terror response, “civilians and non-combatants are the sure victims”, Mindanews said in the same report.

The CBCS appealed to the group fighting government in Marawi, to “distance themselves from the communities in order to ensure the safety of the civilians and to spare the non-combatants and peace-loving individuals.”