'We took the beating:' Marawi expects aggressive rehab efforts from gov't

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 21 2017 05:28 PM | Updated as of Dec 21 2017 06:21 PM

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MANILA - Marawi residents hope the government would exert all effort in rehabilitating war-torn Marawi, with the same zealousness that it had when it was fighting off terrorists, an official said.

Zia Alonto Adiong, Lanao del Sur Crisis Management Committee spokesman, said reparation remained the primary concern.

"The degree of aggressiveness in terms of neutralizing the enemy, that should be the same degree of aggressiveness in the part of pouring effort to reconstruct Marawi City. That's how we can address resentment," he told ANC Thursday.

"We took the beating to keep all areas safe in Philippines. Not only Philippines but also international. Remember the ISIS emir of Southeast Asia, diyan namatay," said Adiong, whose house was also destroyed during the siege. 

Adiong said residents of Marawi want reparation not only because they lost their houses but also because a lot of them were victimized by rampant looting during the crisis. More than ever, Marawi residents also need cash assistance and loans.

"They want reparation, especially the civilian properties. They also need cash assistance but also loans. There are a lot of victims there still paying for their car loans and house loans and because of what happened they lost everything," he said.