#AplikanteSaSenado | Samira Gutoc eyes peace education, protection of IDPs

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MARCH 15, 2019 – Opposition candidate Samira Gutoc will push measures on peace education and protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) should she win in the elections.

In an interview with News5’s Aplikante sa Senado, Gutoc emphasized the need to teach children of peace education which would connect the people to everthing around them.

“Hindi lang dahil sa may kapatid ka na Muslim, you also understand tribes. ‘Yung peace education also understand culturals solidarity [and] the plight of the poor. So you’re connected to everything around you,” Gutoc explained.

The senatorial aspirant, who hails from Marawi City, also vowed to call for upholding the interests of IDPs. Marawi City was left in ruins after a five-month long battle between the military and the terrorist Maute group.

“The right to return is also an issue,” Gutoc said.


Being a former member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), Gutoc raised that she found President Rodrigo Duterte’s support on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) lacking.

“Hindi siya bumaba sa amin sa Lanao Del Norte,” she said, lamenting the presence of the President was barely felt in the evacuation centers.

The “no” vote prevailed in Lanao del Norte in the February plebiscite, disallowing its six municipalities to join the new Bangsamoro Region.

“It wasn’t really like he was there on the ground but [the Commission on Elections] kasi is also with the mandate to have voters education,” Gutoc said.

“They should have made BOL cascaded and also BTC which is siyempre Office of the President totoo ‘yun… na sana pinondohan ang voters education ng BTC,” she added.

Gutoc also decried the joke of Duterte about soldiers raping women one week into the Marawi conflict, which prompted her to resign from the BTC in 2017.

“At that moment I felt na something was seriously wrong. Nobody was saying this is wrong,” she said.