By Teng L. Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief
Marawi City — After months of conflict, residents are now starting to return to their homes in this city, bringing with them hope and resolve to overcome ordeals.
Abpisa Barese, 63, and her family evacuated their home on May 26, three days since the firefight began. Their house is located in Brgy. Basak Malutlut, the village where the first encounter between the government troops and Isis-linked Maute group happened.
Abpisa left with her husband Norlan, 67, and their daughter Zukra, 32.
Abpisa is one of the more than 4,000 residents of Basak Malutlut who were given clearance to return home last week.
Teary eyed, Abpisa said, “Matagal ko nang gustong bumalik sa bahay namin. Hindi ako mapakali, gusto ko makita ang bahay namin. Sabi nila nasira raw.”
With government support and their cooperation, she believes Meranaos will recover and they will soon see the goodness that has come in the guise of a tragedy.