JOLO, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Davao City Bureau)- Be careful what you say about your own country, lest you be declared persona non grata.
This was the fate handed to self-proclaimed investigative journalist Raissa Robles by the Bangsamoro Administrative Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) after she practically tagged Mindanao as kidnap capital.
Ressa was commenting on incoming Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco’s plan to promote tourism in the region. Ressa, author of the now moot book on the Marcos Martial Law, said that promoting tourism in Mindanao would increase the prospects of kidnapping.
Representative Shernee Tan-Tambut of the Kusug Tausog Partylist immediately protested Robles’ statement, saying it was tantamount to a mockery of the efforts of the Muslim Mindanao provinces to maintain peace and stability in the region.
Robles responded to Tan-Tambut, saying ”Fellow (sic) Tausugs are still kidnapping…”
A spokesperson for BARMM said that in addition to Robles being banned from setting foot in Mindanao, she should also be deported from the Philippines because of her stance as ”enemy of the state.”