New AFP camp in Marawi within Duterte term
By Prince Golez
To prevent another Marawi siege, President Rodrigo Duterte is bent on building a military camp in the war-torn city.
Duterte said this during the 37th Cabinet meeting last Monday in Malacañang.
In 2017, the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group attacked Marawi City in efforts to create an Islamic caliphate in Lanao del Sur’s capital, leaving 1,200 people dead.
“President Duterte reiterated his interest to establish a military camp in the Islamic City before his term ends to better protect the City as well as the country,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo Tuesday.
On January 30, 2018, the Chief Executive led the groundbreaking ceremony for a new military camp in Barangay Kapantaran.
The new camp would serve as the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s infantry units to prevent the re-entry of ISIS-backed terror groups and to safeguard the security of civilians.