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Walang katotohanan! Task Force Bangon Marawi calls out The Washington Post for ‘ghost town’ claim

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By Prince Golez

Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chief Eduardo del Rosario dismissed as “off tangent” and “dramatized negatively” an article published on The Washington Post describing Marawi City as a “ghost town.”

The story dated February 1, 2019 entitled “Philippine forces cleared this city of Islamist militants in 2017. It’s still a ghost town” claimed that nothing much has changed since President Duterte declared it liberated from terrorists.

“Mukhang masyadong off tangent ito sa katotothanan at kung ano ang nangyayari talaga sa Marawi City,” del Rosario said in a Bangon Marawi press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday.

“‘Pag sinabi kasi nating ghost city, ang papasok sa ating mind eh walang nangayari at napapabayaan ng gobyerno na wala pong katototohanan,” the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council secretary general added.

With the ongoing efforts to rehabilitate Marawi, del Rosario said the economic situation in the capital city of Lanao del Sur province has improved.

“Ang Marawi City ngayon if you go there, mahirapan kang makarating hanggang sa center of the city dahil napakagrabe ng trapik, business activity, economic activity and movement of people, so many vehicles ang nagpupunta na sa Marawi City and this triggers economic activity,” the TBFM head explained.

“So, wala pong katotohanan ang lumabas sa The Washington ost. Kasi lahat ng nakakusap natin natatawa nga, bakit mong sasabihin na ghost cit,?” he said.

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