Senator Antonio Trillanes IV questioned President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, saying there is no basis for such action.
In an interview with reporter, Trillanes believed that Duterte could try to control first the situation in Marawi City before declaring martial law in the whole island of Mindanao, instead of just in Marawi City, where the clashes with the Maute group happened.
In a blog post of Mr. Alon Calinao Dy, he said "Maute group is considered as a terrorist group, and they have been terrorizing the locals for many years till now the government is trying hard to eliminate but the problem is that they mixed with ordinary people and families."
Despite the great effort of President Duterte to maintain peace and order in Mindanao, Trillanes criticized Duterte and said, “Laoag pinagbigyan natin ito ngayon, malamang ay aabusuhin niya ito at dadalhin sa susunod na leg, buong bansa ma-de-declare sa martial law.”
Netizens on social media defended the president against Trillanes, as if Trillanes is always acting against the current administration and criticizing Duterte but has offered no solution to solve the terrorist attack in Mindanao. The loudmouth senator blamed the president and said, “Kating-kati mag-declare na hindi man lang binigyan ng kaunting panahon yung Armed Forces to give an assessment or control the situation bago mag-declare ng ganun.”
In this case and in the opinions of other people on social media, it seems Trillanes is defending Maute 'terrorists' group and probably another plan of opposition to derail the present administration after several ISIS attempts and attacks to different countries.
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