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Some old structures in Marawi face total destruction — Esperon

Instead of reconstruction, some old structures that were destroyed after the fierce battle between the ISIS-inspired Maute group and government troops may have will be facing total destruction.

Appearing at a “Kapihan sa Manila Bay Forum” at Café Adriatico, Malate in Manila last Wednesday, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon disclosed that a new urbanized Marawi will mean that some structures near the road face total demolition to pave the way for the road widening and will be given other locations as the planning is now nearing completion.
“The main affected battle areas will be totally scrapped out to start the building of new and wider road that is now laid out while structures like hospitals and schools will have a wider facilities as the construction is on its way,” Esperon said.
The former AFP chief clarified that there are still a number of home owners that are still not allowed by military to go back to their residences as their areas are still being cleared of bombs and some booby traps abandoned by fleeing rebels during the stand-off.
“We want to avoid unnecessary deaths because we have not really cleared areas where explosive devices may have been left behind by the terrorists so we need to ensure the citizenry that they will be safe when they return to their homes and rebuild their lives,” he explained.
An estimated 70 percent of the residents and home owners were given a go signal to return to their places.
The DPWH has started their road concreting the circumferential roads in time for the start of the construction of the affected sites.
Esperon said a permanent army camp have been set-up to quell any armed groups that would sow terror in the Marawi again.
“Duterte, whose grandmother is a Maranaw and had spent his childhood days in Marawi, wanted to see a new Marawi City with the construction or circumferential road encircling the lake for the economy to start to build,” Esperon said.

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