On Facebook, BAYAN leader Renato Reyes wants the government to compensate all displaced civilians who lost their homes and properties as a result of the armed conflict.
The BAYAN leader argued that the government is ultimately responsible for the widespread devastation and displacement from the indiscriminate bombings.
The post read:
The President has declared Marawi “liberated from terrorists”. Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon have been confirmed killed. Marawi is utterly devastated. More than 1,000 have been killed, including civilians, soldiers and alleged rebels, and more than 400,000 civilians have been displaced by the fighting.
The Duterte regime must now lift Martial Law in Mindanao. The regime must also compensate all displaced civilians whose properties and livelihood were destroyed by the daily bombing runs of the military. Victims should be indemnified. The regime is ultimately responsible for the widespread devastation and displacement from the indiscriminate bombings. Even if the war ends, the civilians will not be allowed to return to their communities at once.
A Marawi Truth Commission should be formed to investigate what really started the conflict, who were those groups behind the armed attacks, who were those killed in the fighting, why did the government have to bomb Marawi, and if there were external forces at work in the conflict. The war may be coming to a close, but Marawi will continue to haunt the administration for years to come.
A netizen hiding behind the Chinese name handle 王才天 took to Facebook peppering Reyes with insults for broaching the idea of war compensation.
It read: “Renato Reyes Jr.
The state acted to stop terrorism. Why is the state “ultimately” responsible for this senseless siege of Marawi? By your idiotic logic, we should likewise demand the residents of Marawi – who knowingly allowed the Mautes to live among them – to pay the residents of Mindanao for their loss of revenue, and for causing the mayhem.
Widespread devastation? Duterte made a mistake. Instead of the Philippine Army Rangers, he should’ve used that misshapen head of yours as battery ram in the fight against the Mautes.
Indiscriminate bombings? What? You think this country is rich enough to have laser-guided missiles?
Bobo. Tang-ina. Saksakan ka ng kabobohan.
It is in times like this and for people like you that I believe lynching ought to be legalized. 16 million kicks should do the trick, you dickwad.”