By the numbers: Duterte’s Marawi conflict is already worse than Aquino’s Zamboanga crisis and it’s not yet over
The crisis in Marawi City has become a much longer, bloodier, messier nightmare for the Philippine government than a similar siege in Zamboanga City nearly four years ago.
In a report by GMA News’ anchor-reporter Raffy Tima, the Marawi crisis triggered by the Maute Group which started in May 23 is now on its 26th day (June 17). In contrast, the Zamboanga siege initiated by Nur Misuari and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) lasted only 20 days from September 9 to to 28 in 2013.
The number of casualities in Marawi as of June 12 has reached 310 or 30 percent more than the final death toll of 240 in Zamboanga City.
The Marawi siege is unfolding as a bigger humanitarian crisis as displaced families from the crisis have reached 45,988 families (200,234 persons). This is nearly double the 23,794 families ( 188,819 persons) who were displaced in the Zamboanga siege.
While the Marawi and Zamboanga conflicts have some things in common, their biggest difference is how the Commander in Chiefs responded: President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the whole of Mindanao while Aquino did not.