By Jel Santos
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said that she was planning to invite the Task Force Bangon Marawi to clarify to Marawi residents the recent statement of President Duterte about the rehabilitation of the war-torn city of Marawi.
Recently, Duterte said he would let rich businessmen to spend for the full restoration of Marawi City, saying “I don’t think that I should be spending for their buildings.”
“Pagbalik namin sa Marawi, hopefully maiimbita namin iyong mga ahensya na makakasagot sa kanilang mga problema, kasi tine-take note naman namin iyong mga problema ng bawat sektor. At hopefully maimbita natin siguro iyong Task Force Bangon Marawi, para ma-clarify nila doon sa Marawi residents kung ano iyong ibig sabihin ng deklarasyon ni Pangulong Duterte (During our return in Marawi, hopefully we could invite concerned agencies that can answer the queries of various sectors. And hopefully we could invite the Task Force Bangon Marawi to clarify to Marawi residents the meaning of the recent declaration of Pres. Duterte),” she said over her radio program at RMN-DZXL 588KHZ.
Robredo said there were so many donations and pledges from private corporations, foreign governments, and development agencies for the rehabilitation of Marawi.
“[M]araming mga nag-donate o nag-pledge ng mga donations. Hindi lang mga private corporations pero lalong-lalo na mga foreign governments at development agencies. So tingin ko ang magka-clarify nito iyong mga taga-Malacañang, o iyong magka-clarify nito, iyong Task Force Bangon Marawi, kung ano ba iyong gustong sabihin ni Pangulo na, parang, hindi gagawin iyong rehabilitasyon ng pamahalaan kundi iwan na ito sa mga mayayaman na negosyante doon (There are many donations and pledges of donations. Not only from private corporations but also foreign governments and development agenciies. I think, Malacanang should clarify this, the Task Force Marawi, if what was Pres. Duterte was really saying, that as if, they will not execute the rehabilitation of the government as they would just leave this on the hands of businessmen),” the vice president said.
“So siguro ang unang tanong, anong mangyayari doon sa pondo? Anong mangyayari doon sa pledges saka sa mga donasyon? Ang pangalawa, anong gustong sabihin, ano iyong expense ng pag-hands-off ng pamahalaan doon sa rehabilitation? Kasi talagang iyon iyong hinihintay doon (So the first question is that what happened to the funds? What happened to pledges and donations? Second, what is the expense of hands-off of the government in the rehabilitation)?” she added.
According to Robredo, many people in Marawi City were still staying at evacuation centers up to now.
In 2017, Duterte created the Task Force Bangon Marawi, an inter-agency task force, to oversee the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts for Marawi City. He designated Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana as its chairperson.