By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, together with
President Rodrigo Duterte, honored the state security forces and the
people of Marawi City for their sacrifice and courage as the nation
commemorates the fourth anniversary of the liberation of Marawi from
the Islamic State-linked terrorists who attacked the city in 2017.
On Saturday, October 16, President Duterte and Go attended the
commemoration activity held at Rizal Park in the Islamic City of
Marawi in Lanao del Sur.
The senator reaffirmed that the government remains dedicated to
sustaining President Duterte’s vision of long-lasting peace and
development in the country.
“Importante sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte ang kapayapaan, lalo na sa
Mindanao. Wala na po dapat na patayan. Sino ba namang gustong
magpatayan Pilipino laban sa kapwa Pilipino? Masakit ‘yon,” said Go
“The government’s efforts in achieving sustainable peace and
development across the country must be continuously pursued,” he
In his speech, President Duterte commended the Task Force Bangon
Marawi for their service and sacrifice. He then assured that his
administration will continue to exert all efforts to fully
rehabilitate Marawi City and help the community build back better.
“The continued hard work of Task Force Bangon Marawi to accomplish the
programs, projects, and activities under the Bangon Marawi
Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program is truly
commendable,” Duterte said.
“By rebuilding the lives of the displaced — iyon ang
pinakaimportante — families, restoring damaged properties, and
revitalizing disrupted socio-economic activities, you have stayed true
to your commitment as agents of progress and catalysts for real
change,” he continued.
The President also lauded the rehabilitation team, local leaders, and
other stakeholders for their efforts to rehabilitate the Grand Mosque
“This place holds a historical and cultural significance in the lives
of the Maranaws. We rejoice as a nation as the Grand Mosque of Marawi
brings hope anew for our Muslim brothers and sisters,” said Duterte.
He also witnessed the distribution of certificates of titles for
permanent housing units to internally displaced person by the National
Housing Authority and the turnover of PhP76-million assistance from
the Cooperative Development Authority.
Go, as a member of Senate Special Committee on Marawi Rehabilitation,
also asked for cooperation among community members for the continuous
bayanihan efforts in ensuring that Marawi City remains supported even
in the height of the pandemic.
Senator Go also highlighted that the government will continue its
efforts to address threats of terrorism. He assured that efforts are
being exerted in providing economic opportunities especially in
regions in Mindanao to address poverty which becomes a root cause for
“Talaga pong magulo noon. Pero nakita naman natin matapos maresolba ni
dating Davao Mayor Duterte ang kriminalidad, naging mapayapa na ang
lugar at malaki na ang pag-asenso ng negosyo at kabuhayan ng mga
mamamayan,” Go previously said.
“Patuloy po akong magseserbisyo sa mga kapatid natin sa Mindanao upang
tuluyang makamit ang inaasam na kapayapaan at kaunlaran hindi lamang
para sa mga kababayan nating Muslim kundi para sa buong Pilipinas,” he