The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 that building a military camp inside the main battle area of Marawi City will be a “deterrent” to another war between the government security forces and the Islamic State-inspried Maute group in Marawi City.
“This camp will serve as a deterrent so we can avoid terroristic activities like what happened in the Marawi siege. It might be a target again in the future once it is developed into a modern Islamic City,” said Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., deputy commander of Joint Task Group Ranao.
“That is why we need to secure the investment of our government and other countries as well because really, a lot of organizations and other countries are pouring in investments and aid for Marawi City,” he added.
President Rodrigo Duterte led the groundbreaking ceremony of the newly-built military camp in Marawi City last January 29, 2018. He was joined by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP chief Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., commander of the AFP’s Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom); and Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista, commanding general of the Philippine Army.
The 10-hectare area owned by the government located on the side of the main battle area on top of a hill overlooking the district up to the lake is where the military camp would be built according to Brawner. He said the camp would not be built in the center of Marawi City’s business district.
“This was the former city hall, it has been abandoned that is why there are not structures surrounding it. Not even houses and business structures around it. It is an isolated area,” he said.
He said the military camp would serve as headquarters for an Army battalion.