Man runs 37 kilometers, from Marawi to Iligan, to thank soldiers

Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 23 2017 04:11 PM

ILIGAN - A 42-year-old man from Marawi City ran all the way to Iligan City to show his gratitude to the soldiers who helped liberate his hometown from terrorists.

Jamalol Alauya, a resident of Marawi, showed his gratitude to the troops who liberated their city from Maute group by running the 37-kilometer stretch from Marawi Capitol to Overton, Brgy. Maria Cristina in Iligan Monday morning.

It was also his way of commemorating the exodus of thousands of residents of Marawi during the terrorists' attack five months ago. 

"While I was running, I relived what the evacuees went through that fateful day," Alauya said.

Alauya ran bringing the Philippine flag while being tailed by a military truck, cheered on by soldiers.

Lanao del Sur Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer 2 Adil Roboy Macarambon Jr. said Alauya ran despite his family's opposition.

"He is a runner but he is not young anymore that's why his family does not consent to this," Macarambon said.

Alauya, a staff member of Mindanao State University, said he already thought about his run last month and secured the necessary permits from the military so as not to be flagged down in all checkpoints he would pass through. 

"I would not be kept from doing this even if the probability of collapsing or be hit by stray bullets is high," he said. 

After his run, he waved the flag, took photos with the soldiers and headed home to pacify his worried wife.