Maute terror group invaded Marawi and has been causing chaos, leading Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to declare Martial Law at Mindanao.

Martial Law during Marco’s regime and Durterte’s is viewed differently. Before the incident at Lanoa del Sur happened – from Marco’s regime and even until Duterte became the president, what we could get from the news were negative things and negative feedbacks regarding Martial Law, but this time, it all seems to be positive. Media now seems to tackle martial law more of as “beneficial”, rather than something that would “violate people’s rights.” Media also used to televised clips of people rallying against Martial Law, but this time, the rallying of the students (particularly UP students) and other people almost seems like it’s not happening.

With the sudden changes of how media handles Martial Law issues, I concluded that what the media is trying to “set” and influence to the public is that Martial Law at Mindanao is an absolute need. They now doesn’t focus and doesn’t air videos of people rallying against martial law as much as they used. They now report Martial Law as something that will save our fellow countrymen because they want the mass audience to support Pres. Duterte’s Martial Law at Mindanoa (which also have the tendency to be implemented in our whole country).


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