OUR ARMED FORCES
A tribute to our boys who got it done in Marawi
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.