Photo from Gutoc-Tomawis' Twitter account
She told both government peace panel chairperson Irene Santiago and MILF peace panel chairperson Mohagher Iqbal about her decision to resign "for personal reasons."
Gutoc-Tomawis is a resident of Marawi City, ground zero of clashes between government forces and the Maute Group. She is a former journalist and activist.
Informed sources said what prompted her to resign was Duterte's joke last Saturday, May 27, in Sulu that he would take the blame for soldiers who commit rape while martial law is in effect.
"Ako na magpakulong sa inyo. 'Pag naka-rape ka ng 3, aminin ko na akin 'yun (I'll take your place in prison. If you rape 3, I'll take the blame)," said the President, amid concerns there would be human rights abuses during the implementation of martial law in Mindanao.
Another reason she resigned was the martial law declaration itself and the situation in Marawi City from where thousands of residents have had to flee from clashes between government forces and Maute terrorists.
Gutoc-Tomawis is currently helping in evacuation operations of fellow Marawi residents.
Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.