A trib­ute to our boys who got it done in Marawi

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The war in Marawi be­gan in May and de­clared to be over by the Duterte gov­ern­ment in Oc­to­ber last year. Re­ports from var­i­ous news agen­cies peg the num­ber of peo­ple killed in the five-month armed con­flict at 974 on the side of the ter­ror­ists and 165 on the side of the Armed Forces. Eighty seven civil­ians were also re­ported killed.

The loss of prop­erty were equally ter­ri­ble. Sim­i­lar news re­ports say that 1.1 mil­lion peo­ple were dis­placed be­cause of the wide-scale de­struc­tion. Many of us who have never been to Marawi saw, for the first time, on TV and the In­ter­net what the city must have been like be­fore war ruined it—a small city, the only city in Lanao Del Sur, a city by the lake teem­ing with business, with build­ings and mosques that must have looked quaint and ma­jes­tic to us not used to see­ing a true Is­lamic city.

The men and women of our Armed Forces came in to do one mis­sion: to de­stroy the Isis-maute-abu Sayyaf al­liance threat­en­ing the se­cu­rity of Mindanao, and given the scale of global ter­ror­ism, the en­tire Philip­pines as well. The ca­su­alty and de­struc­tion are al­ways the un­for­tu­nate con­se­quences of war, and get­ting the job done meant hav­ing to deal with it.

As re­con­struc­tion of Marawi be­gins, our sol­diers are now faced with a new mis­sion: Re­build. Re­con­nect. Re­new re­spect. Bring back life to the torn city.

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