By Junex Doronio
THE SOUNDS OF EXCHANGING GUNFIRES and exploding bombs may have been stilled for three years now but the once majestic Islamic city of Marawi still needs to get back on its feet prompting Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday, October 18, to call for its urgent rehabilitation.
“Today we remember the Marawi we lost, even as we renew the call for a more urgent approach to the rehabilitation process, and recommit to the rebuilding of a more peaceful and prosperous city,” Robredo said in a statement.
It can be recalled that last July 31, Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario claimed that the government was working double-time to meet its deadline to reconstruct facilities in Marawi by December 2021.
He admitted that the rehabilitation had been “somewhat slowed down” by the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and vowed that the government will complete reconstruction efforts within the term of the Duterte administration.
The Vice President sadly recalled the innocent victims of the unexpected siege by Islamic State (IS)-linked militants.
However, she also honored the soldiers who exhibited courage and determination during the five-month armed hostilities to drive out the Maute terrorist group that laid siege to the city.
“The siege may have been lifted, but the Marawi of today reminds us: violent extremism remains among the biggest threats to society. And to truly address it, frustrations must be met with compassion. Empowerment must become the foremost imperative. Equitable and inclusive progress must be achieved for the people of Marawi,” Robredo said. (IAm)