MANILA, Philippines – The Maute Group made a mother watch her 15-year-old daughter being raped inside the battle area, according to a government documentary.
The mother and daughter were among the hostages taken by the local terrorist group that sought to carve their own territory in the city. The women were separated from the men, who were tasked with various jobs to help the terrorists. (READ: The life of a Maute hostage in Marawi)
Her daughter got pregnant but suffered a miscarriage, the weeping mother narrated. The mother was not identifed in the video and her face was blurred to protect her and her daughter’s identity.
“Sabi niya, ‘Bakit ganito nangyari sa akin, Mama?'” the mother recalled her daughter asking her. (She asked, “Why did this happen to me, Mama?”)
She forbade her daughter from having a boyfriend so she could focus on her studies.
“Kaya nandito kami kasi mag-aral siya sa pilot (public) school. Nandito kami kasi enrolment,” she said. (We’re here because she was going to study at the public school. It was enrollment period.)
“Ito pa nangyari. Ginahasa nila anak ko (And this is what happened to us. They raped my child),” she said.
They were among 17 hostages recently rescued in Marawi City after troops killed the top leaders of the siege – Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute past midnight on October 16.
Another female hostage spoke of how her husband suddenly disappeared. She fears they’ve killed him only because they found out that he worked for the government.
“Bawal daw magtrabaho sa gobyerno, sabi nila… Nalaman nila na diyan sila nag-work sa construction. Pinatay nila. Wala na sila nagbalik,” she said.
(They say it is wrong to work for the government. They found out that he was among those involved in construction work. They killed them. They did not return anymore.)
It is unclear if her husband was among the supposed hostages that the terrorists executed early on in the war.
In the video, Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año promised they will look for her husband’s remains. – Rappler.com