By JIGGER JERUSALEM
WHILE Marawi residents who were affected by the conflict and the subsequent rehabilitation of Marawi City has welcomed efforts to rebuild the war-torn city, they have also expressed their frustration of the government’s snail-paced action.
In a statement, Moro Consensus Group (MCG) Drieza Lininding said they are “sad” that after waiting and hoping for almost two years of the Duterte administration’s promise to rehabilitate Marawi, “the government is abandoning us on our own.”
This was in reaction to Duterte’s pronouncement that the government would not spend for the reconstruction of buildings owned by affluent residents of Marawi.
Lininding said they are frustrated that after months of waiting, still the reconstruction has yet to begin as he is dismayed that “there is no closure of what really transpired during the siege and how it happened.”
He said he is saddened that Duterte’s narrative that the city was destroyed because Marawi residents allowed the armed extremists to enter and lay havoc on their communities.
“Until now the President is misinformed on the real situation in Marawi, he took pride and commend the achievement of HUDCC or TFBM on building transitory shelters,” he said, referring to the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the Task Force Bangon Marawi, two of the government agencies mandated to address the rehabilitation of the city.
He said it’s pathetic that almost two years have passed and the government is still talking about transitory shelters and not the rebuilding of the affected residents’ houses.
Lininding has also criticized the President after he accused Marawi residents as being involved in the illegal drug trade.
“How insensitive for a sitting president to say this? Does he know how many businesses and establishments were destroyed during his campaign against a small group like Isis? Most of the businesses were razed to the ground even the rich among us lost everything, some were looted,” he added.