By Ali Macabalang
A random survey floated over the weekend in the social media by a journalist covering the Marawi City crisis showed a general satisfactory rating for President Duterte’s first year in office, among responding Facebook netizens including strife-affected Maranaos.
Thirty four of 132 responding Facebook netizens, including some kin and supporters of strife-torn Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra, gave President Duterte “10” in the survey’s scale of 1 to 10, for his expressed drive to rid the city of undesirables and rebuild the Maranao central community into a zone free of illegal drugs, terrorists, corruption and organized crimes.
Citing as main reason his administration’s rejection of repeated calls for a suspension or stop to military air strikers in the city, more than 60 local and foreign-based netizens rated the President between 6 and 9.
More than 20 other netizens rated the President between 1 and 5, saying they maintain a “wait and see” stance in his commitment to pour in P30-billion fund for the reconstruction of Marawi City.
The remaining 15 or so respondents gave the President scores ranging between zero and 1 because of what they described as his failure to fulfill his vow to sign a document endorsing the new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) draft to Congress during the day of Eid’l Fitr.
Three of those sources of failing scores called up the Bulletin to explain their ratings, saying growth of violent youth in Moro communities had been “caused” by the government’s alleged “mishandling” of the Mindanao peace process.
“The outbreak of violent extremism in Marawi City could have been prevented by friendly Moro fronts had the Duterte government put in place the Bangsamoro government,” a respondent-public personality said.
By friendly forces, the official referred to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), whose representatives to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission crafted the new BBL draft.
MILF 1st Vice Chairman Ghadzali Jaafar, who heads the BTC, once declared in a public forum in Cotabato region that the Bangsamoro entity, once established, will have “no room” for extremism or religious militancy.
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