While several showbiz personalities and Manileños have spoken up against Martial Law in Mindanao, singer-actress Lea Salonga seems to approve it.
Doubt it? Well, based on what the singer-actress wrote while endorsing the Facebook post of a friend, it does not require rocket science to get Lea Salonga’s stance by reading between the lines in relation to the imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao.
This is my friend Maia. We met in New York. She’s an artist. Incredibly smart. I would take her word about what’s happening in Mindanao over just about anyone else’s that’s where she is from.
Please give this a read. If nothing else, you’ll get a point of view that is most likely your’s and mine.
Thanks for this Maia!
Read Maia’s post below.
Dear Manileños and privileged city kids everywhere else,
I grew up seeing military checkpoints dotting our route from Cagayan de Oro to Surigao. We learned early on to associate the presence of the military with safety because our local news too often would report of this armed group or that terrorist faction making some sort of mess. Although these skirmishes were often not covered by your national media, we Mindanaoans learned early on that our Northern counterparts didn’t really care about us and our government only gave us perfunctory handouts. We learned to be tough and to survive.
But we are also tired of having to deal with these armed groups. We want a real end to this. That’s why we voted for the President.
So if we have to sacrifice a little of our personal freedom, if we have to adhere to a curfew, if we have to cooperate with the military, WE ARE PREPARED. We’ve done this a million times before.
You think your complaints are saving us? They’re not. You only want to feel validated for supposedly “caring” but I bet that before all of this, you knew next to nothing about Mindanao and its people.
Kaya don’t us. We’re tired and your complaints are pissing us off.
Maia (GenSan-born, raised in Cagayan de Oro; daughter of Mindanao)
PS: I still have family and friends in Mindanao. Despite the threat, they know exactly what to do at this point. Unlike you whiners, they’re as tough as reinforced steel. No complaints and fear-mongering from them, just the same old refusal to be intimidated by terrorists.
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Credits to Maia Villapañe