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Maliit na bagay! Saguisag downplays Marawi attack as insurrection, not rebellion

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The attack by the Maute group in Marawi City appear to constitute only insurrection or even probably sedition, martial law victims’ lawyer and veteran Sen. Rene Saguisag said Thursday (June 1).

“Really, some serious questions should have been raised. Dahil may nakita raw na foreign- looking na tatlo, apat or lima eh invasion na ba yun? Ang invasion yung pagdating ng hapon nung araw. Rebellion? Hindi eh. Parang insurrection lang yan eh. Or maybe sedition. In other words, to me it falls short of invasion or rebellion,” Saguisag told reporters in a chance interview at the Senate.

“Ano bang basis? Nasaan yung invasion? Taga saan ang invaders? Nasaan ang rebellion?” he asked.

Saguisag took the same position as former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., that Congress should hold a joint session to discuss President Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216 declaring Mindanao under a state of martial law.

“Para makita natin kung ano paninindigan ng bawat congressman, bawat senador on such a serious matter kasi all those statements would have been the positions for history as a guide for their successors,” he said.

The former senator lamented the fact that only a few have come out to voice out their position on the matter even after reports came out that there had been no recommendation, especially coming from Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana, resorting to the imposition of martial to address the crisis in Marawi.

“Iilan lang ang tinig. Yung iba puro echo eh. Kaya yun ag malungkot na something likes this should have been debated in the Cabinet, debated in the House, debated in the Senate. Pero wala. Puro echo nga nadidinig ko eh,” he said.

“Dapat yan pinag meetingan kaagad ng House (of Representatives) and Senate and even the Cabinet. Pero yung secretary of national defense, the most logical person to guide the President, himself said he saw no need for it that’s why he said ‘I have not known about it, I have not recommended it and I would not have’,” Saguisag added.

The former senator chided lawmakers for not even attempting to debate on the issue at least for formalities sake.

“May Congress ba tayo? Puro tameme. Kasi at least noong panahon ni Marcos, the defense secretary manong Johnny (Juan Ponce Enrile) recommended (it) pero si Lorenzana said he was not consulted, yung iba puro chuwariwap. Ni hindi nga nag meeting,” Saguisag said.