Malacañang on Monday said it is confident that the city of Marawi would be “completely rebuilt” before President Rodrigo Duterte steps down of his office next year.
Last Sunday was the fourth anniversary of the start of the conflict between authorities and Islamic State-inspired Maute which tore the city down and displaced its residents.
“Ang pangako po ng Presidente, babangon muli po ang Marawi. Ang pangako po niya ay sa kaniyang termino,” Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.
“We have a year, roughly a year bago po matapos ang termino ng Presidente. And I think the target can be met that Marawi will be completely rebuilt at the end of the term of the President,” he added.
Mayor Majul Gandamra of Marawi City appealed to lawmakers to put priority in passing the Marawi compensation bill, which aims to assist displaced residents to start rebuilding their lives after the siege.