Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana gave an order to government forces to end the conflict in Marawi City before the second State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte later this month in order for the president to announce the Marawi City rehabilitation.
“Sana tapos na and that is one of the things that I have asked the commanders on the ground that if they could terminate the conflict there before the president goes on his SONA,” Lorenzana said in Malacañang on Monday.
“This is very important. I’ve seen the faces of those evacuees in Iligan… They’re so frustrated and so anxious to go back home. Ito ‘yung nakita din ni president noong nandun kami,” the defense secretary said.
There is an initial budget of P20 billion pesos allocated for Marawi rehabilitation approved by President Duterte. The fund is for rebuilding destroyed establishments and housing assistance.