Robredo calls out Duterte govt for faster rehab of Marawi city

Robredo calls out Duterte govt for faster rehab of Marawi city

The second highest official in the land is calling on all government agencies to refocus in giving the added push in the efforts in the rehabilitation of the war torn Marawi City which she calls “nelected” because of the inaction of government since its occupation by the Jemaa Islamiyah inspired Islamic militants three years ago.

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said this comment coinciding with the third year anniversary of the Marawi siege.

“Three years of inaction and neglect in Marawi is a thousand days too long. We call on all concerned agencies to accelerate their actions while exercising full transparency,” Robredo said in a statement on Saturday.

Marawi City in ruins, VP Robredo (inset)
(photo credit to owner)

“Marawi is not merely a tragedy to be remembered; it is an ongoing problem that needs to be solved,” she added.

The Marawi siege began last May 23, 2017 and it took five months of war between the government troops and the Islamic militants who want s to declare their own Islamic state.

It ended October 2017, after the government was able to exterminate the leaders of the militants including Isnilon Hapilon.

 VP calls out the Duterte government

Robredo said after three years from its liberation, the city still “lies in ruins,” and many of the residents are still living in the temporary shelters established by the government.

As per the non-government organizations Al-Mujadilah Development Foundation Inc., Ranaw Rescue Team, and the Moro Consensus Group showed that about 17,000 Marawi residents continue to live in temporary shelters.

“Marawi continues to suffer even as we all face the challenges brought about by COVID-19,” VP Robredo said. “The ongoing crisis should have by now made us realize: The suffering of one redounds to the suffering of all.”

VP Leni stressed that temporary shelter communities “pose an even more profound challenge given the virality of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease).”

“Any outbreak in these tightly-packed communities will increase the risk for all of us, and affect a public health system that is already under tremendous strain,” the Vice President explained.

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