In photo- MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim talks about the priorities of the Bangsamoro interim government in an interview with Rappler on January 22, 2019. Rappler screenshot

There was a need to address the reconstruction of Marawi– Al Haj Murad

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao– In a Rappler Talk interview at Camp Darapanan,. Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao last January 22, MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said there was a need to address the reconstruction of Marawi considering many residents have not been able to return home, nearly two years since war broke out.

“We see that there is an urgency in really addressing the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi,” Al Haj Murad said during the interview. 

 “We found out that people in Marawi especially the IDPs [internally displaced persons] are very frustrated with their situation. They are still in the evacuation centers and there has been no movement in the rehabilitation,” he added as quoted by Rappler.

But for the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) to be involved in Marawi City’s rehabilitation, it will have to negotiate a way to participate, Al Haj Murad said.

Reconstruction is currently under the national government due to an administrative order signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, which created the Task Force Bangon Marawi. This set up has made it difficult for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to help Marawi residents significantly.

 “Although we are not involved in the Task Force Bangon Marawi… maybe we can try to negotiate and talk with the national government, especially the President, that we will because people also in Marawi are expecting that the BOL will be active in this rehabilitation program for them,” Al Haj Murad said.

“At the least is our participation in the rehabilitation and also the immediate implementation of the rehabilitation program,” he added. (Source: Rappler, 02-02-19)