Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hontiveros defends Maute statements, warns that accusing her of rebellion is Marcos tactics

Senator Risa Hontiveros reacted to the statement issued by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte that questioned the possibility of Hontiveros “abetting a rebellion”.

Accusing someone of abetting a rebellion is not new. This is the same tactic used by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos against democracy defenders like Soc Rodrigo, Lorenzo Tanada and Ka Pepe Diokno,” Hontiveros said.

Hontiveros expressed disappointment at having been dissed and accused by Sara who is known to her as a “friendly acquaintance”.

The Mayor and I have been friendly acquaintances for some years, and I respect her as a fellow woman leader. Does the Mayor accuse me already or simply wonder if I’m abetting rebellion?” Hontiveros said.

The senator surmises that efforts to display her behavior as “abetting a rebellion” might be efforts to subdue her call for a joint session of Congress for the bases of the martial law declaration in Mindanao.

In her reactions against her alleged support to the Maute group which was proliferated by fake news pages, Hontiveros called it “absurd” and “ludicrous”.

The accusation that I am abetting a rebellion is absurd. It is as ludicrous as the latest fake news about me,” she defended. “I have publicly condemned the Maute group for their brazen acts of terrorism and criminality.”

The senator even explained that the Maute group should not be viewed as rebels, but as terrorists.

They are terrorists…The essence of rebellion is ideological. Terrorism is pure terror,” she said.

Hontiveros has long been part of the government panel for the peace process which she claims has “set a very high bar” for what constitutes a rebellion given that history has taught how several instances when rebellion was used as an alibi for absolute state power.

I suspect that the government will try to use this to silence my voice, and the voices of those who want to see the Maute threat eliminated and at the same time demand to know the truth about Martial Law,” she said.

Source: Inquirer

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