A non-government organization reported more than 50 cases of rights abuses committed by government forces during the crisis in Marawi.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Thursday, November 16, visited Marawi City, a month after her father, President Rodrigo Duterte ended five months of the intensive military offensives in the city that displaced at least 350,000 civilians.
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning to Marawi City must register first with the local government so they can be given the necessary assistance, a City Welfare and Development (CSWD) official said.
The government is optimistic it can complete the construction of 500 to 600 temporary shelters for Marawi evacuees December 15 despite constant heavy rain that made the undertaking a challenge.
“This is the positive result of martial law, people now have discipline. That’s why it should be continued,” says Police Superintendent Ebra M. Moxsir
Members of the Philippine Coast Guard have arrived at their headquarters in Luzon Friday morning, November 3 after a five-month tour of duty in Marawi City. The PCG left the port area here on Wednesday afternoon November 1.
Members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) of Barangay Loksadatu, in Marawi City, arrested Wednesday, November 1, an Indonesian national whose name is under a government list of people linked to the Maute group.
Instead of requiring displaced Marawi residents to live in transitional shelters, a Moro leader advised government that giving them direct financial assistance would be a better way to facilitate rehabilitation efforts in the war-torn city.
Muslims and Christians alike must work together to ensure that what happened in Marawi City and other areas in Mindanao will not be destroyed by extremists.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said if government forces are found guilty of looting residents in Marawi City, homeowners should receive reparations.