On the anniversary of the liberation of Marawi
Today, we commemorate the liberation of Marawi from the malevolent hands of terrorists.
As we celebrate the triumphs of our government troops against the Daesh-inspired Maute rebels, we pay tribute to those who have fallen in the fierce battles during the siege of Marawi and gave the ultimate sacrifice to make our nation safer and more secure. The liberation of Marawi conveyed one strong message: Our people stand – and will unceasingly stand – united against the evils of terrorism.
The deaths of Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon have thwarted the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in the area and curbed the possibility of the rebellion from spreading to other parts of the country. Despite this feat, the government, with the help of its armed forces, will remain vigilant in the midst of quiet for possible terrorist threats that may again strike our nation.
The end of the intense firefighting in Marawi a year ago likewise marked the beginning of the healing and rebuilding of the Islamic city and its residents. With the issuance by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of Administrative Order No. 3, creating the Task Force Bangon Marawi, the government has started the arduous tasks of recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the city. Various agencies converged with the aim of easing the sufferings of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and helping them begin rebuilding their lives, their homes, and their communities.
Efforts to build a vibrant and prosperous Marawi from the rubbles of war and conflict will soon come into fruition as we expect the groundbreaking of reconstruction activities, designed with due recognition of the cultural sensitivities of its residents, by the end of the month. We therefore ask everyone to remain fully supportive of the government’s initiatives in this regard.
Sa ating pagtutulungan at pagkakaisa, babangon muli ang Marawi tungo sa isang tahimik at maunlad na siyudad na hangad natin lahat.
Salvador S. Panelo
Presidential Spokesperson & Chief Presidential Legal Counsel