By Yas Ocampo
DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte honored the soldiers who died during the months-long siege of Marawi City in an unannounced visit at ground zero, Thursday.
The Presidential daughter laid flowers, lit candles, and offered prayers at the St. Mary’s Cathedral located in the city in Lanao del Sur.
War broke out between government troops and Maute terrorists in May this year. The attack on Marawi City prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to cut short a state visit to Russia and declare the entire island of Mindanao under Martial Law. There is no likelihood of a lifting of the declaration to date.
Mayor Duterte arrived in Marawi City via nearby Laguindingan Airport around 10:30 a.m.
The Mayor also visited Malutlot Elementary School around noon, and the Marawi City Hall around 1 p.m., the Davao City Information Office said.
The Davao mayor was joined by Taguig City mayor Lani Cayetano, a fellow member of Tapang at Malasakit Alliance for the Philippines.
Davao City Information Officer Jefry Tupas said Cayetano and Duterte were in the area to assess for interventions that the group can provide for the war-torn city.
Earlier this month, Mayor Duterte called on the Davao City Council to authorize the release of P5 million to aid in the rehabilitation of Marawi City.
The council immediately approved the request, with the funding coming from the city’s P96 million quick response fund.