At 10PM on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared 60-day Martial Law in Mindanao amid the clashes between the government troops and the terrorist group in Marawi. The announcement was made by Ernesto Abella, the presidential spokesman since the president was in Russia to meet with the Prime Minister.
The meeting was postponed so Duterte can fly back to Manila due to the current situation in the Philippines.
Along with the declaration, KAMI came across with these photos of UP students rallying and lighting candles who stood against the declaration of the 60-day Martial Law. Photos posted on Philippine Collegian Page in Facebook went viral due to the reactions of the netizens especially those who came from Mindanao. For them, these students efforts of rallyingl and, singing and candle lighting will never help the situation. Furthermore, a lot were disappointed because for them, these students really don’t know what is meant by Martial Law.
“aiiii huwooowwww. Laki ng naitulong nila.. paki palakpakan. Baka nakakamatay ang boses neto ipadala natin para mag show sa harap ng mga bandido ��
“They are more affected about martial law rather than those who are living here in Mindanao. ”
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“Your candles cannot stop bullets, but the brave and selfless actions of our brave men and women do. . At best your candles are just adding to air pollution. .”
“Students, your duty is to study and make your parents proud. Do your part as a good citizen of this county by abiding law and order. You have moral obligation in this country. Our Leader wasn't born today, he witnessed and even experienced martial law. During Marcos it was declared to protect the sovereign country to those who abused the word FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY for their own personal interest. Which up to now they are still trying to destroy the country and its people... “