My grandmother and her two sons and other relatives explored Mindanao in search of a better place to live as Mindanao was then said to be a land of promise in the 1960’s. They stayed in South Cotabato, the others in Davao and Bukidnon. The people who came from the Cordilleras are good farmers especially in gardening or planting vegetables.
In Mindanao, as of May 23, 2017, Martial Law was imposed by the President due to threat of a terror group Islamic State. About a hundred militants or more waving black Islamic State flags rampaged through the City taking hostages then started burning buildings.
The Marawi clashes started on May 23 in the afternoon when the military launched a surgical strike against high-value targets of the Abu Sayyaf headed by Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute Group.
Malacanang said that the assault was already the start of an IS bid to establish a caliphate there. The Maute group with the Abu Sayyaf group had plans to establish cells or wilayat (caliphate) in Mindanao reinforced by jihadists of Malaysian, Indonesian and other nationalities.
What’s happening in Mindanao is no longer a rebellion of Filipino citizens but has transmogrified into an invasion by foreign terrorists who heeded the clarion call of the ISIS to go to the Philippines if they find difficulty in going to Iraq or Syria.
For those of us traveling going to Mindanao, here are important things we have to do and bring with us all the time.
First, it is necessary to carry ID at all times. There are check points along roads manned by the Police and Military which would require IDs or when you board utility vehicles, IDs are required.
Second is to cooperate with the authorities. The authorities are doing their best to protect the safety of everyone.
Our relatives in Mindanao through text messages say that they are in favor of the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao since they believe it is for their own protection for peace and prosperity.