In Re: Marawi Siege

Please do not let your ignorance get ahead of you. These terrorists are not Muslims, these terrorists are terrorists.

Don’t say you don’t care about what’s happening in Marawi. Don’t say that Maranaos deserved it for being a Muslim community, and for fuck’s sake don’t you dare say “okay lang, di naman ako kasali sa gulo.”

BECAUSE YOU SHOULD CARE.

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Photo: Inquirer

Because this is not an attack on religion — they are not Islams as they claim because Islam is a religion of peace. No true Muslim would support such violation of church and of the people. This is the time to hold our ground — Christians, Muslims, and heck, even Atheists alike should unite to stop such form of terrorism.

Because this is not an attack on Marawi and its people, this is an attack on all people. As a Filipino, as a HUMAN for crying out loud — you too, should be outraged by what they are doing in Marawi because if tables were turned, what if these terrorists are where you are now? Their lack of respect for life, for religion, and for rules of warfare will translate the same. You should be outraged for the Maranaos, with the Maranaos.

Because saying “mabuti lang sa kanila ‘yun,” and “pake ko ba wala naman akong kilala dun” says more about your ignorance and extremist ideals than it does the Maranaos. This line of thinking makes you similar to the terrorists laying siege upon civilians and innocent people. And yes, there is that line in the sand. If you are not one with Marawi at this point, then you are, essentially, part of the problem of this country.

If you believe in a deity — offer a prayer for peace, and ask your God to keep Marawi, Mindanao, the Philippines, and the whole world safe.

If you don’t, then offer help. Offer kindness. Offer hope. This is not the time for blaming — not the government, not the civilians, not the region, and certainly not the religions. This is not the place nor the time for hate. This is the time for hope. This is the time for love.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:13

There Is A Global Terrorism Index, And Frankly, I’m More Sad Than Terrified

Working as a content writer for a news site has got me wondering over the past few years whether or not my job as a writer is worth it. For the longest time, I had to write about entertainment news and crap, I know more about the Kardashians and the next iPhone model than I’d really care to know.

This year, the company finally gave me a break by making me write about politics and social issues, which gave me a renewed sense in writing. Finally, things that I think should matter, Justin Bieber be damned. I was even given the opportunity to write about self-harm and suicide, which, as is apparent from this blog, are causes close to me, for reasons too long to disclose.

Mid-year, we had company rebranding, and my editor put me on politics, world news, science and medicine, and sometimes, social issues. Which I thought was cool — finally, I could love writing again.

And then, these past few weeks, I had to write about bombings, and terrorist attacks, and extremist groups, and it’s been depressing. Later today, I will have an article on our site about the Global Terrorism Index, and well, that’s just… heartbreaking. Especially considering that ISIS isn’t even the most dangerous terrorist group there is.

There’s a Global Terrorism Index, and this is the third year they published their report. But I am more sad than terrified about it. Because in the heart of all of these are families being torn apart, mistrust getting in between neighbors, broken hearts and dying dreams. And you can’t help but wonder when the next world war will come.

That’s sad, isn’t it — that instead of believing in kindness and goodness and magic, we believe in hatred and evil and darkness.

Where did humanity go?