The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) found that some of the displaced children by the Marawi siege, view the Islamic state terrorist fighters as heroes following the games for peace was held by the PSC for them (the children).
William Ramirez, Chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission said that the conclusion, although not scientific, was disturbing so he reported it to the PSC Psychologist and to a Cabinet Official so that other agencies of the government could do something against it.
The games for peace was conducted by the PSC last week in Iligan City, where a lot of displaced Marawi Residents settled after the war between the government forces and the Islamic State-inspired terrorists who attacked the city, broke out around two months ago.
In Malcañang, on Thursday, July 26, Ramirez told Reporters, “Most Filipino Children consider other people heroes – sport heroes, military heroes. But here – we don’t have research, this is not scientific but it was written by our coaches when we had our children’s games for peace that some, if not many, of these Marawi children – they consider (Islamic State-inspired terrorist groups )their heroes. Wow!”
Ramirez stated that the children were asked while playing what they wanted to become when they grew up. The children said that they would want to join membership of (IS) Islamic State because the (Middle East-based jihadist) group gives them food and paid their fathers, while from the government they receive nothing.
As for Ramirez, the children’s viewpoint could be entrenched in their people’s centuries-old anger for American and Spanish colonizers, also with the government and the military.
The PSC plans on going back to the evacuation centers to focus more on the children’s various activities according to Ramirez. Playing and games allows the kids to recognize and value their differences. They have agreed upon a resolve which states that “early playing” and “early peacemaking” for the young must maintained to enable them to recognize the diverse religion and culture of the Philippines.
Ramirez recalled the games that the PSC hosted for Christian children and children of MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) Guerillas way back the time of President Arroyo.
“There is saying the when children play, humanity celebrates,” Ramirez added.
He informed that the financials the Philippines would conserve from dismissal of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosting could be allotted for sports activities and programs centered for Mindanao.
“Who knows, you may inspire young Maranaos to, instead of loving the IS (terrorist group), study well and understand liberal arts, instead of going to extremism.” Ramirez said.
“Food is not just the Problem. The dogs and the birds survive but this is different. Their anger, as I’m watching not in the realm of sports, it’s not about food. It’s about how they are treated.” He added.
He also requested on Cabinet Officials to assist on dealing the problem.