Imee Marcos to meet Ilocano Muslim community, plan aid for Marawi rehab

Nov 01, 2017 ...

Governor Imee R. Marcos will be meeting the Muslim community in Ilocos Norte this week to plan for assistance they will extend for the rehabilitation of Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, which was liberated from the radical Islamist Maute group last October 23, 2017.

In July, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) distributed financial aid to 150 families residing in the province's Muslim community in Brgy. 1, Laoag City. 

"Tuloy-tuloy tayo," said the governor, emphasizing that "the task of restoration and rehabilitation is just as important for the welfare of Marawi residents as was the driving out of violent radicals from within the city."

Many members of Ilocos Norte's Muslim community are directly related to the Maranao affected by the Battle of Marawi, which lasted for five months with over a thousand terrorists, military troops, and civilians killed in the fighting.

"It has truly been a difficult time for our Muslim brothers and sisters here in Ilocos Norte, and I am certain that the community along with the barangay council and perhaps generous donors from the private sector would be very eager to do what we can for the many who have been displaced, who have lost their homes.

"We're also very grateful for Presidente Duterte's feats in foreign relations, the pledge of $6 billion coming from Japan which will certainly boost the rehab efforts among others, but it's really also a communal obligation by which we plan Ilocos Norte's own form of aid for Marawi," she added.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte left for Japan two nights ago, hoping to get aid for Marawi rehabilitation, saying that "failure to rehabilitate Marawi could have great consequences for Mindanao and for the entire country."

by Mizpah Grace Castro

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