Duterte set to meet 35 dis­placed Marawi chil­dren

Sun.Star Baguio - - SPEAKOUT -

AROUND 35 chil­dren from strife-torn Marawi City are set to meet President Ro­drigo Duterte at the Mala­cañang Palace on Tues­day, Au­gust 29.

Duterte's meet­ing with the Marawi chil­dren, aged from seven to 13, is part of the so­cio-cul­tural tour in Manila con­ducted by Joint Task Force Marawi.

Dubbed as "Tabak Ed­u­ca­tional Tour: Peace­ful En­vi­ron­ment for Marawi Chil­dren," the tour will al­low the select chil­dren to en­joy ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, so­cial and cul­tural val­ues for peace build­ing, and ex­po­sure to peace­ful en­vi­ron­ments.

Bri­gadier Gen­eral Rolando Joselito Bautista, com­man­der of Joint Task Force Marawi, said the par­tic­i­pants were iden­ti­fied as among those vul­ner­a­ble and sus­cep­ti­ble to vi­o­lent ex­trem- ism.

"This is one of the ini­tia­tives of the armed forces to en­sure that those chil­dren dis­placed by the cri­sis in Marawi City are given ad­e­quate sup­port and psy­cho-so­cial treat­ment by the gov­ern­ment," Bautista said in a state­ment.

"It is im­per­a­tive that at the ini­tial stage, those deemed vul­ner­a­ble are be­ing guided and ed­u­cated to know their roles in main­stream so­ci­ety," he added.

On May 23, Is­lamic State-linked Maute group stormed Marawi City, which is a home to 200,000 fam­i­lies, prompt­ing Duterte to place Min­danao un­der mil­i­tary rule.

The gov­ern­ment said 614 Is­lamist fight­ers, 133 gov­ern­ment troops, and 45 civil­ians, were killed since the cri­sis erupted on May 23 un­til Au­gust 28.

Amid the armed con- flict in Marawi City, the gov­ern­ment ear­lier re­vealed that Marawi chil­dren are con­sid­er­ing IS fight­ers as "he­roes."

Bautista said the tour was con­ducted to pro­vide Marawi chil­dren a “sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity,” es­pe­cially that some chil­dren in be­sieged Min­danao are be­ing tapped as child war­riors of Ji­hadist mil­i­tant group Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis).

"Rather than hold guns and be­come com­bat­ants, we want these chil­dren to fos­ter a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity and, in the fu­ture, be­come lead­ers of a peace­ful Marawi," he said. (SunS­tar Philip­pines By Ruth Abbey Gita)

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