MANILA, August 30, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte assured young residents of Marawi that the government will restore the city following massive destruction caused by clashes between the military and the Maute rebel group.
The President made the assurance as he met with 35 Marawi children in Malacañan Palace on Tuesday, August 29. The children are part of socio-cultural tour in Manila dubbed “Tabak Educational Tour: Peaceful Environment for Marawi Children.”
In his short message, Duterte promised the displaced children of Marawi that he will rebuild the strife-torn city and give them hope again for a better life in the once peaceful Islamic area.
He said he will work hard to bring back Marawi to its original state, if not more attractive than before, and without hostilities.
The President also told the children that he will prioritize the reconstruction of their homes and schools. He said he himself has relatives displaced by the conflict in Marawi and are now staying in evacuation centers.
He likewise gave assurance that the end of the siege is in sight.
L ieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera, spokesperson of the Joint Task Force Bangon Marawi which organized the children’s tour, said the educational tour aims to provide the participants the opportunity “to see a peaceful environment and be able to grasp a positive perspective.”
The tour will also include a visit to the Mind Museum and the Philippine Army, which will facilitate peace-building activities for the children. (PND/PNA)