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Bangsamoro group asks for more representation in TF Bangon Marawi

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By Bonita L. Ermac

Iligan City – The Ranao Multi-Sectoral Movement (RMSM) has asked President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to include a Maranao leader in Task Force Bangon Marawi (TF Bangon Marawi), saying that having Mayor Majul Gandamra as Marawi’s lone representative was “not enough because of the problem and magnitude of the impact of the 2017 siege on the city.”

In a press conference held Thursday, Sultan Abdul Hamidullah Atar said that having a lone representative from the local government unit (LGU) of Marawi in Gandamra may not be adequate enough to address all issues that would be tackled by TF Bangon Marawi.

“We are appealing to the President to somehow consider the Maranaw leaders that could be part of TF Bangon Marawi,” said the RMSM official.

According to Atar, while the Marawi LGU will have a “very important role (in the rehabilitation of the city), we need other key actors that will have decision-making powers in the formulation, planning, coordination, implementation and assessment of all the projects to undertaken in Marawi.”

Atar likewise underscored that the Maranao leader should be considered as a co-chairperson of TF Bangon Marawi “in order to bring the real sentiment of the people.”

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