By Genalyn D. Kabiling
President Duterte did not issue a “blanket blame” on Maranao people for supposedly allowing the terrorists to sow violence in Marawi City, a Palace official clarified on Friday.
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella explained the President was merely referring to the people who sympathize with the Maute group that laid siege on the city.
“I doubt if it’s a blanket blame,” Abella said in a Palace press conference, after the President reportedly got flak online for playing the blame game on the Maranao community.
“I would assume that what he’s referring to are basically the sympathizers – the actual sympathizers who would be that but it’s not a blanket blame,” Abella added.
The President, in a recent speech before government troops in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat, said he was angry with fellow Maranaos for allowing the “corrupt ideology” of the Islamic State (IS) to destroy Marawi City.
Duterte, who has Maranao roots, said the Islamic extremists are out to kill people and destroy the city, which he described as “pure oppression.”
“I’m really mad at them, those in Marawi. Why did the Maranaos allow those people to enter there and to sow chaos and bringing a very corrupt ideology,” he said in Filipino.
For his part, military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla refused to put blame anyone for the Marawi conflict. He said he was not even sure if the sympathizers of the Maute group are from the community or from other places.
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