Duterte firm on plan to build military camp in Marawi: It’s the age of terrorism
By Prince Golez
In light of the continued threat of terrorism, President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to the people of Marawi to support the deployment of soldiers in the city.
Duterte issued the remark on Wednesday during his meeting with legislators, heads of national government agencies involved in the Marawi rehabilitation, local government officials and leaders of internally displaced persons in Marawi City held in Malacañang.
The President also clarified that the military personnel will not be there to fight Maranaos but to ward off attacks by extremists and communist rebels.
“I’m not after the Maranao, ang akin d’yan is the military should be there to avoid a repeat of… ‘yang military hindi ‘yang Maranao ang hinahanap n’yan, the terrorists that terrorize everybody. Now, if you are bothered by my explanation to you, just look at what happened to the Middle East,” according to him.
“It’s the age of terrorism so we will just have to do something about it. Come up with something that can mitigate. Anyway, pagka-peaceful na, then it’s about time na the military will go out. My decision to build a military camp there will remain,” he added.
On January 30, 2018, Duterte led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the military camp at the Old City Hall in Marawi, a Muslim-majority town attacked by members of the Maute terror group in 2017 as part of an effort to establish a caliphate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Late last year, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea also issued Memorandum Order 41, creating a technical working group for the establishment of a military camp at Kapantaran village in the provincial capital of Lanao del Sur.