Lanao provincial gov’t allays fears that military will take big chunk of Marawi City after rehabilitation

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THE LANAO del Sur provincial government has assured locals that there is no truth to reports and social media conversations that the military will be setting up camp in a big portion of Marawi after the rehabilitation of the city ravaged by fighting between government forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute group. In a statement released Friday, the provincial government said: “Please be informed that it is not true that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) shall claim 6,000 hectares of the 8,000 hectares of Marawi City as this is military reservation per records of DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources).” The statement did acknowledge that there are “official documents” assigning the land area to the military, “but it is false that the AFP shall claim the 6k hectares now.” Provincial officials said these “false news” have frightened and been giving added “agony” to displaced residents, estimated at close to 400,000. “Please be assured that the government shall always respect the history and culture of the Maranaos,” the statement said. The National Government has formed a special multi-agency group, the Task Force Bangon Marawi, to plan and carry out the rehabilitation of the city. — Mindanao Bureau

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