Civic leader says government ‘lies’ that Marawi’s rehabilitation is 65% complete

( – June 1, 2021 – 3:27 p.m.

MANILA, Philippines – A civic leader in Marawi on Tuesday disputed the government’s claim that 65% of the rehabilitation of the city once besieged by Islamist militants has been completed.

Drieza Lininding, chair of the Moro consensus group, told a press briefing that the progress of the city’s reconstruction after the damage caused by the months-long fighting between government forces and state-inspired terrorists Islam are far from what the government claims. because basic facilities have yet to be restored in the worst affected area.

“’Yong nila statement ay deception or talagang nagsisinunging sila,” Lininding said. “Wala kang water system, wala kang power system. So wala kang nakakabit na basic facilities. Hindi pa natatapos yong road network. So how can they claim 65% [is finished?]”

(Their statement is a deception or they are really lying… You don’t have a water network, you don’t have an electricity network. So you don’t have basic facilities. The road network is not finished yet. So how can they claim that 65% is done?)

Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario told People’s Television last week that the government had rebuilt 65% of the city four years after the siege, ensuring they were on track to complete the rehabilitation of the city. city ​​before the end of the year.

But Lininding, who has been cleared into the worst-affected area, said he estimates the government’s progress in rebuilding the city is only around 25% to 30%.

A report from the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism showed that many residents have yet to secure building permits, while others lack funds.

The Islamic State-inspired siege of Marawi by members of Maute lasted four months. The estimated fatalities are 114 civilians, 270 unidentified people, 168 government soldiers and 924 members of the rebel group.

President Rodrigo Duterte placed all of Mindanao under martial law on May 23, 2017. The proclamation was extended and lasted two years and seven months, until the end of 2019. – Xave Gregorio

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