President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday vowed to continue rebuilding Marawi City, parts of which were heavily damaged or destroyed after a five-month siege between the Islamic State-inspired Maute group and government forces in 2017.
Marcos said his administration would continue to rebuild the war-torn city, noting the P1 billion allotted for the victims of the siege.
"Our administration stands resolute in our commitment to their welfare, demonstrated through reconstruction efforts and the allocation of P1 billion for displaced individuals and victims who have endured the loss of their homes and possessions," he said.
"Together, we will strive to ensure that Marawi emerges stronger than ever before," he added.
Marawi suffered severe damage after the war started on May 23, 2017 and went on for five months before government forces proclaimed victory against the Islamic. Then-President Rodrigo Duterte declared the city's liberation on October 17 of that year.
In January of this year, the Presidential Communications Office announced the new members of the Marawi Compensation Board, which will grant financial aid to the victims of the siege. — BM, GMA Integrated News