Postwar postcard: Sara Duterte, Cayetano visit war-torn Marawi City

Nov. 16, 2017
  • Photo by Jefry Tupas/CIO

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – 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.

The presidential daughter handed over P5-million financial assistance taken from Davaos P96.4 million disaster fund to Marawi local government officials.

Duterte was accompanied by Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, wife of Duterte’s running mate Alan Peter Cayetano, who also gave P5-million as financial assistance.

The two mayors who recently led the formation of Tapang at Malasakit Alliance for the Philippines, went to the war-ravaged parts of Marawi City, offered prayers at the St. Marys Cathedral and a local elementary school.

Vice-President Leni Robredo visited Marawi City earlier that day.

In a television interview, Duterte said Davao City is willing to offer a sisterhood agreement including the technical assistance such as planning, budgeting and social services as part of rebuilding Marawi.

“It was a small chat. To them (students) to inspire them and to explain to them the importance to study well and why they need to finish their studies,” Duterte said when she visited the Malutlot Elementary School.

Earlier in October, the Office of Civil Defense and the Department of National Defense said the overall rehabilitation of Marawi will cost at least P100-P150 billion. This includes the reconstruction of buildings, restoration of structures and provide basic services, livelihood and shelter to Marawi residents.(

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