TF Ban­gon Marawi’s ‘Kam­bisita’ slammed

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By PJ Orias

Mil­i­tant youth group League of Filipino Stu­dents (LFS) in North­ern Min­danao yes­ter­day, April 14, blasted Task Force Ban­gon Marawi for its Kam­bisita pro­gram which al­lows dis­placed fam­i­lies to visit their homes in­side most af­fected ar­eas (MAA) in the city but only to re­trieve and sal­vage per­sonal be­long­ings.

Ab­dul Jalil Dat­uan, Chair­per­son of LFS-Marawi said the pro­gram is in­sult­ing to the peo­ple of Marawi with the govern­ment treat­ing them as ‘vis­i­tors’ in their own home­town.

“It’s in­sult­ing that after al­most 11 months of be­ing forced out their home­land and stay­ing in evac­u­a­tion cen­ters, all they could do is look at their homes and try to sal­vage what­ever was left. It it is in­sult­ing that they are now treated as mere vis­i­tors in their own land and are forced to sur­ren­der their homes to the bloody hands of the mil­i­tary and the fas­cist US-Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Dat­uan said.

“After al­most a year of be­ing away from the land they grew up in, the peo­ple have noth­ing left in their prop­er­ties to save. The walls of their homes are full of holes, their mosques and Qu­rans are dis­re­spected, their valu­ables dis­ap­peared, and al­most ev­ery­thing that they left be­hind be­cause of the war is now in ashes. All their lives, Mer­anaws have lived and pro­tected Marawi City, but where is this govern­ment tak­ing the only Is­lamic City that we have?” he adds.

The youth group said it is now ob­vi­ous that since the on­set of the siege, the Duterte regime al­ready had its eyes on fa­vor­ing big cap­i­tal­ists and to sell the land of the Bangsamoro to big busi­nesses.

Dat­uan said they con­tinue to call the govern­ment to al­low the res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion plans of Marawi.

“If ever the res­i­dents are even al­lowed back to the Is­lamic city, would it still be the place they called home?” he adds.

The group is also urg­ing the youth and the Bangsamoro peo­ple to “turn our grief into rage to be­come pro­duc­tive”.

“Rage that is pur­pose­ful and will prop­a­gate re­siliency of the Mer­anaws – their strength and love for Marawi city. We must chan­nel our dis­ap­point­ments and dis­heart­en­ment and call for the re­turn of the evac­uees to Marawi City,” Dat­uan said.

“Let us unite the peo­ple in pro­tect­ing our land against its mod­ern col­o­niz­ers: the fas­cist Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion and the big cap­i­tal­ists who drool over the riches of Marawi. Let us fight for what is ours and hold the US-Duterte regime ac­count­able for the de­struc­tion of Marawi,” he adds.

Last April 1, around 5,000 to 7,000 Marawi evac­uees vis­ited barangays Daguduban and To­lali, while other barangays will be opened for res­i­dents to visit in the com­ing days un­til May 10 based on the ‘Kam­bisita’ sched­ule posted on the Face­book page of Task Force Ban­gon Marawi.

The Task Force Ban­gon Marawi said Kam­bisita was con­ducted in re­sponse to the res­i­dents’ clamor to al­low them to go in­side the war zone.

(PNA)

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