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This video report shows Risa Hontiveros’ wrong assertion that Marawi siege of Maute militants neither an invasion nor a rebellion

As much as Senator Risa Hontiveros wants the public to believe that what Maute have done in Marawi is neither an invasion nor a rebellion in an interview with UNTV, this CNN report tells us otherwise.

According to CNN Philippines report, the Maute and Abu Sayyaf leaders wanted to make Marawi an Islamic state at the start of Ramadan on May 26, 2017, however, it was pre-empted by the military raid that forced them to execute their plan ahead of schedule.

AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Año told reporters of the militant’s plan during a press conference in Marawi City.

Just like what what happened in Mosul, when Al-Baghdadi occupied Mosul June 2013, it was also the first day of Ramadan.

Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city that fell in the hands of the terror group ISIS in the middle of 2014. ISIS founder Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi declared the start of the Caliphate at the Great Mosque in Mosul.

However, ISIS hold of Mosul was rather short-lived because the Iraqi government, aided by international forces has reclaimed much of the control of Mosul after launching a fierce and bloody gun battle against ISIS in 2017.

CNN Philippines reports said that ASG and Maute wanted to replicate Mosul in Marawi as a final step towards recognition from ISIS.

They would prove to ISIS that they are able to establish an Islamic state in Asia.

Remember the viral video showing Hapilon and Maute leaders planning an attack inside a house in Marawi? Well, that video was retrieved during a military raid on May 23. That same day, mayhem erupted in Marawi City as the militants launched their attack prematurely.

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana shared his thoughts on the discovery of the video.

It proves that these people were trying to take over the entire Marawi City and raise the flag at the Capitol, para sabihin nila ito na yung ties or they are part of the caliphate with Hapilon as the emir.

The raid forced the hand of the militants to set their plan into motion.

AFP Chief Staff Gen. Año said that the raid forced the militants to launch their grand plan into action prematurely.

For more details, please watch the video below.

Meanwhile, Hontiveros’ assertion that the Maute and ASG attack on Marawi is neither an invasion nor a rebellion has been the object of harsh criticism on social media.

International lawyer and expert Atty. Paula Defensor Knack shared a meme that summarizes the sentiments of the critics of Hontiveros.

Credits to Paula Knack

By the way, please watch the video of the interview of Senator Risa Hontiveros with UNTV host Daniel Razon below.

Sass Rogando Sasot shared the transcript of the portion of the controversial interview when the senator defined invasion and rebellion according to her understanding of the provision in the 1987 Constitution.

Daniel Razon: Ano po iyong invasion?

Senator Hontiveros: Iyon iyong armadong pwersa, mula sa labas ay papasok sa isang lugar, na may intensyong sakupin siya, kontrolin siya, at gumanap ng karahasan.

Daniel Razon: Kung hindi po taga Marawi ang mga nag-invade doon, at nandoon ngayon at nakikipaglaban na parang huwag sabihin na ito ay rebellion, ibig sabihin ay hindi sila mga taga Marawi.

Senator Hontiveros: Maaring ganon.

Daniel Razon: Pumasok sila.

Senator Hontiveros: Pumasok sila.

Daniel Razon: Na may armas sila.

Senator Hontiveros: May armas sila.

Daniel Razon: Na parang gusto nilang sakupin ang Marawi.

Senator Hontiveros: Yes

Daniel Razon: So that’s invasion.

Senator Hontiveros: Hindi po. Strictly speaking not according to the definition of the Constitution.

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