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TFBM to profile renters of Marawi

April 16, 2019

MARAWI CITY, – The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) is eyeing to profile the renters in this City once the Kathanor (organization) profiling for the homeowners and sharers in returned barangays is finished.  TBFM Chairman and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said during the recently held Bangon Marawi Press Briefing that the renters in Marawi would be profiled.  “After we have completed the profiling for homeowners and sharers, we will now profile the renters so that we can provide possible interventions to them,” del Rosario said.  TFBM Field Office Manager and HUDCC Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr., also said in an interview that the process and requirements for the profiling of the renters are still being discussed and reviewed.  “Kailangan magkaroon ng sistema para madetermine kung sino ba talaga ang renters. We will be strict dito to ensure na yung totoong renters lang ang mapoprofile natin,” he said.  [We need to have a system that will determine the legitimate renters. We will be strict in facilitating this to ensure that only legitimate renters will be profiled.]  Castro also shared that there was also a discussion made with the business owners. DTI will then be consulted on how they can support them.   The Kathanor profiling for the homeowners and sharers for the returned barangays will be conducted until April 30, 2019.

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TFBM chair: Marawi rehab ‘slow but sure’

April 16, 2019

MARAWI CITY,  - The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) is asking the displaced residents' patience, understanding, and support for the ongoing rehabilitation and recovery of this city.  In a recently held TFBM press briefing right at this city’s most affected area after the May 23, 2019 siege, Marawi rehab czar and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario reiterated the government's commitment to help the war-torn city rise again.  "We need your cooperation to fast track the rehabilitation. We need to help each other. We are strictly following what the President said that he will see to it that Marawi will rise as a prosperous city again," de Rosario stressed.  During the recent TFBM public consultation, some displaced Marawi residents insisted to go home and rebuild their houses on their own.  But Secretary del Rosario deferred the idea because of the ongoing clearing and disposal of UXOs or unexploded bombs inside the MAA.   "We would like ensure that our rehabilitation is very safe and be assured that we are on the right track and at the right timetable," he explained.  UXO clearing and disposal will end on August 30 this year and the debris management on November 30.

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PDP Laban supporters troop to Marawi Gym and wait for Pres Duterte

April 13, 2019

Thousands of supporters occupied the Dimaporo Gymnasium in MSU Main campus in Marawi during a proclamation rally of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas Ng Bayan, last Friday (April 12). President Duterte was expected to arrive to raise hands of the PDP Laban bets but the bad weather condition prevented him to fly to Marawi. (Divina M. Suson)

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PDP senatorial bets push for various issues in Marawi rally but mum on reparation bill

April 13, 2019

MARAWI CITY  – The five senatorial bets of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP) took turns pushing for various issues in their proposed legislative agenda –  among others, the return of the death penalty, the creation of a Department for Overseas Filipino Workers and Department of Disaster Management --  but the rally on Friday, April 13, ended with no mention of support for the reparation bill for the victims of the Marawi disaster. Senatorial candidates Ronald dela Rosa, Bong Go, Dong Mangudadatu and Francis Tolentino spoke at the rally in the jampacked Dimaporo Gymnasium but PDP President and reelectionist Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III sent a representative as he could not make it due to flight schedule problems from Tacloban. PDP Chair and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was also a no show as his helicopter in Davao was not given clearance to fly to Marawi due to bad weather. No announcement was made that the President was no longer arriving but the audience realized he was not coming when the podium with the Presidential seal was removed and reporters seated at the media platform started leaving. PDP spokesperson Ronwald Munsayac told MindaNews Friday night that Rep. Mauyag Papandayan, Jr. “announced it to our partymates and leaders in Marawi City.”   Papandayan addressed the crowd briefly, in Meranaw,  but only after the last speaker, Tolentino, ended his speech. By the time Tolentino spoke, Go, Dela Rosa and Mangudadatu were no longer around. Go and Dela Rosa were seen at the provincial capitol paying a courtesy call on Vice Governor Mamintal Adiong, Jr. who is running for Governor under Lakas Christian Democrats against PDP bet Guiling Mamondiong and six other candidates. Mamondiong was earlier appointed by President Duterte as Director-General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). He resigned last year to run for Governor. Munsayac said they were trying to get “another schedule for PRRD (Duterte) to visit our candidates and leaders in Lanao del Sur.” “We can still consider the Marawi City rally a successful one since most of the Party’s Senatoriables were able to personally meet and deliver their messages to our partymates, leaders and supporters in Marawi City,” he said. Star factor Go spoke the longest among the five candidates – about half and hour – and enumerated the most number of priorities – at least a dozen -- in his proposed legislative agenda, including a Magna Carta for Barangay Workers,  a Department of OFWs, a Senior Citizens Commission, localized peace talks, sports development. Marawi reparation was not among the dozen. Go, Duterte’s aide from 1998 to 2016 and named Special Assistant to the President when Duterte took over as President on June 30, 2016, was joined by two movie actors onstage in entertaining the crowd – Philip Salvador, and Robin Padilla, who is a Muslim.  The three sang “Maging Sino Ka Man,” an act followed by Padilla’s five-minute speech endorsing the PDP candidates. Dela Rosa, former Philippine National Police Director-General, greeted the predominantly Muslim crowd in Meranaw and introduced himself as an MSUan (student of the MSU) but did not graduate there as he transferred to the Philippine Military Academy. Mangudadatu, outgoing Representative of Maguindanao’s 2nd district and the lone Muslim in the PDP slate, mentioned the cost of war in Marawi in terms of money and lives lost but like all the other PDP candidates, was mum about what they would, if they win a Senate seat, do to ensure residents can return home the soonest and reparation be given them.  The rally would have been the best time for the senatorial aspirants belonging to the President’s party to assure residents of Marawi and the rest of Lanao del Sur their support for a reparation bill for the victims of the 2017 siege. Lanao del Sur is the second vote-richest province in the predominantly Muslim five-province, three-city Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), accounting for 484,435 registered voters out of its 1.69 million voting population in the 2016 elections. Reparation Bills Last year, the Task Force Bangon Marawi proposed 20 billion for reparation but last month, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ Lanao del Sur – Marawi City Chapter submitted to the House Sub-Committee on Marawi Rehabilitation documents pertaining to the claims of 15,102 residents displaced from Ground Zero of a total of 91.6 billion pesos in damages brought about by the five-month war between government forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group and its allies in 2017. The consolidated Marawi Reparation bill proposes a budget of 30 billion pesos or merely a third of the 91 billion peso damages declared by residents of the 250-hectare, 24-barangay Ground Zero, the former battleground between government forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group and its allies, now referred to as the Most Affected Area (MAA). In his letter dated March 20, 2019 and submitted during the public hearing at the provincial gym in Marawi  City on the same date, IBP-LDS President Atty. Aminoden Macalandap informed the House committee members that the IBP chapter conducted a “series of legal missions” from September 17 to October 25, 2018, with the  Legal Office of the Provincial Capitol and in partnership with the Regional Human Rights Commission of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the Public Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice, Integrated Sharia of the Philippines, Mindanao State University Legal Aid Clinic and other volunteer lawyers. As a result, he said, a total of 15,102 IDPs, consisting of homeowners, sharers and renters in ‘Ground Zero’ filed affidavits declaring a total of 91,196,450,485 pesos in damages. 20 billion, 30 billion Last year, the TFBM in its presentations included in the proposed budget for the Marawi rehabilitation 20.05 billion as compensation, based on House Bill 07711 or the “Marawi Siege Victims Compensation Act of 2018” filed by Lanao del Sur Representative Ansaruddin Adiong on May 16, 2018, “to compensate for the loss or destruction of residential houses and commercial buildings in Ground Zero / MAA and Greater Marawi Area.” The bill proposes that 20 billion pesos be allocated as the “Compensation Trust Fund” which shall be “under the custody of the (Marawi Compensation) Board and shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.” The additional 50 million pesos is for operational budget for the initial operations of the Marawi Compensation Board. Bills similar to Adiong’s – SB 1816 and SB 1856 -- were filed in the Senate by Senators Paolo Benigno Aquino on May 23, 2018 and Joseph Victor Ejercito on June 28, 2018, also proposing the allocation of 20.05 billion pesos. Several other bills were filed in the House of Representatives, among them HB 08099 filed by Lanao del Sur Rep. Papandayan on August 14, 2018 and HB 08200 filed by Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin on September 6, both of them providing for an allocation of 30 billion pesos. All proposed reparation bills in the House have been consolidated by the Sub-Committee on Marawi Rehabilitation. But Lanao del Norte Rep. Dimaporo said the 17th Congress is  practically finished.” The 17th Congress is on recess from February 9 to May 19 and will resume sessions from May 20 to June 7 – which has only nine session days before it adjourns sine die. “The most this sub-committee can do is to make recommendation to the 18th Congress. That should be the first order of business of all Lanao congressmen (when the 18th Congress opens on June 30, 2019:  the return of Marawi evacuees to Marawi,” Dimaporo said.

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Wanted ex mayor shows up in PDP’s Marawi rally; intercepted by military after but released

April 13, 2019

MARAWI CITY  – A former mayor who was in President Rodrigo Duterte’s August 2016 list of personalities allegedly involved in illegal drugs and who went into hiding since late May 2017 as he was ordered arrested for alleged involvement in the Marawi siege, showed up at the rally of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipinas (PDP) Friday, was publicly acknowledged by senatorial bets but was intercepted by the military as he stepped out of the Dimaporo Gymnasium and brought to the headquarters of the 103rd Infantry Brigade. The military said they did not arrest but merely “invited” former Marawi mayor Omar Solitario, who has been wanted since his name was listed in Arrest Orders 1 and 2 issued on May 29 and June 5, 2017 by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, the Martial Law administrator. Solitario is one of nine candidates for mayor of the Islamic City of Marawi in the 2019 polls, running under the People’s Consultative Party. There is no PDP candidate from among the nine bets although Solitario, Marawi mayor for two terms from 2001 to 2007, ran for mayor in 2016 under the PDP, but lost to Majul Gandamra of the Liberal Party. Gandamra is seeking reelection as candidate of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino. There is also no Liberal party candidate running for mayor. MindaNews had just stepped out of the gymnasium where the PDP rally was held when seemingly agitated supporters gathered around a tall man --  Solitario – standing beside a black Toyota Hilux vehicle while explaining something to Lt. Col. Jayson Jumawan, commander of the 82nd Infantry Battalion, at around 4:35 p.m. Solitario’s companions and supporters, among them a woman who insisted on joining Solitario in the vehicle but was not allowed, were told by Jumawan that Solitario was “inimbitahan lang” (just invited) to the 103rd Infantry Brigade camp. Solitario entered the vehicle, closed the door but opened it briefly, stood up to say something in Meranaw apparently to pacify his supporters, then shut the door. A soldier in uniform jumped on the back of the pick-up vehicle marked with “For Registration” where the plate number should have been, before it sped off followed by two military trucks. Phone signals continued to be jammed more than an hour after the end of the rally that was supposed to have been graced by Duterte. The President was a no-show. The PDP spokesperson Ronwald Munsayag said the President’s helicopter was not given clearance to fly due to bad weather. MindaNews asked a government official-friend of Solitario if he was arrested. He said he verified and was told that Solitario “went there to drink coffee with the officers and gentlemen.” “But he is still wanted, right?” MindaNews asked. Solitario’s friend replied “di na daw kuno” (not anymore). Asked how he was cleared, the friend said he had no details but added that Solitario “is campaigning with so much ease in movement.” Solitario sat on the front row on the right side of the gym facing the stage. Ordered to release “We just invited him for an interview,”  Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade commander, said in a text message Friday night in response to MindaNews’ query if Solitario was arrested.  Asked where Solitario was, Brawner told MindaNews he had been released. “We received orders to release him,” he said.  Asked who ordered them to release Solitario, Brawner sent no reply. MindaNews asked Lorenzana Friday night on the status of Solitario, if he had been cleared. He replied at 1:53 a.m. Saturday:  “We are in the process of doing it. We’ll know in a couple of days if he will be cleared and removed from the arrest order(s).” Asked early Saturday morning who ordered Solitario’s release, Lorenzana had yet to reply as of 2 p.m. MindaNews also asked Armed Forces Chief of Staff  Gen. Benjamin Madrigal who ordered Solitario’s release but as of 2 p.m. Saturday he had not sent a reply. Lorenzana’s arrest orders, issued following the declaration of martial law on May 23, 2017 -- Day 1 of the Marawi Siege -- directed the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Director-General of the Philippine National Police, Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard, the Director of the National Bureau of Investigation and Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration to “arrest, take into custody and conduct/continue the investigation on the following personalities for violation of Article 134 (Rebellion) of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines or any crime related thereto.” Delisted In August 2017, Solitario’s name was removed from the list of persons ordered arrested. Lorenzana told MindaNews on August 19, 2017 that he gave Solitario “conditional clearance” on the recommendation of then Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza. “I told him (Dureza) it is conditional. That we are not stopping the gathering of info about his alleged connection to the Mautes and illegal drugs,” he said. Lorenzana issued a certification on August 16, 2017 that Omar Macabalang Ali, also known as Solitario Ali Salic and Omar Solitario Ali, “is removed from Martial Law Administrator Arrest Order Numbers 01 and 02.″ The certification, like the Arrest Orders, was issued to the same officials. On August 19, 2017,  Dureza shared with MindaNews his text message to Lorenzana. “Well, Omar (Solitario) had been doing a lot before vs extremism. He wrote a book about how to deal with it, he activated a radio station with OPAPP’s (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process) help to counter extremism even before Marawi happened.” He added that when Solitario “met with President Duterte early on and volunteered to help, I engaged him (in) OPAPP with a consultancy.” He recalled that Solitario “even volunteered to help talk to the Mautes as his brod was related by affinity to the Mautes” but they “dissuaded him” as the situation then was “fluid.” Dureza added that when Solitario’s name “was in the watch list, I revoked his consultancy.” He also said that when Solitario was in hiding, ‘he continued to provide inputs on how to address the problem. And he committed to help now. So let’s see if he delivers otherwise we can put him back on the list.” Solitario had earlier denied allegations he was engaged in the illegal drugs trade or was involved in the 2017 siege. During the first martial law under then President Ferdinand Marcos, Solitario was a commander of the Moro National Liberation. MindaNews sent queries to Solitario through his friend but he had not responded as of 2 p.m. Saturday. Cleared on Aug. 16, subject to arrest again by the 22nd Six days after Solitario and his two sons were stricken off the Arrest Orders list, Lorenzana on August 22, 2017 revoked their “conditional clearance,” citing “vehement objections” from the AFP, PNP and local leaders in Marawi and Lanao Sur. That same day, Dureza announced on his Facebook page that “after a speedy review made by the Department of National Defense on the basis of the inclusion of former Marawi Mayor Omar Solitario and his two sons in the list to be arrested pursuant to the declaration of martial law, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana found basis for their being retained in the arrest list and ordered the cancellation of their temporary clearance.” Dureza explained that the clearance he recommended and was initially granted by Lorenzana “was intended in our efforts to facilitate their planned meeting with Secretary Lorenzana and be allowed safe passage through martial law checkpoints.” Lorenzana told MindaNews it was Dureza who wanted to talk to Solitario. “Dili man ako ang interesado makigstorya niya (I am not the one interested in talking to Solitario). What is there for me and Solitario to talk? Mag surrender muna siya” (He should surrender first). “It was Dureza who wants to utilize him kaya humingi siya ng clearance, only to find out that the military, police and Muslim leaders don’t want them released for complicity in the Marawi siege and illegal drugs,” Lorenzana said. “The error was rectified,” he added. Arrest Orders 1 and 2 contained a list of 324 persons, 36 identified only by their aliases.

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Kathanor facilitates identification of IDP-beneficiaries

April 12, 2019

MARAWI CITY, – The Kathanor database has provided a systematic platform in the distribution of a financial assistance amounting to P73,000 per displaced family representing the Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) and Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP) by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) to track down the legitimate  homeowners and sharers from the barangays in the city’s most affected area (MAA) after the May 23, 2017 siege staged by Maute-IS terror group.   Spearheaded by Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), the “Kathanor,” a Maranao term for profiling, began in October 2018 to list down the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and those in transitory shelters and evacuation centers.   Alnairah Macalaba, a resident of Banggolo Poblacion said that the “Kathanor” has helped in identifying the legitimate residents of Marawi and prevented duplication of profiles.   “Nakatulong po talaga ang Kathanor dahil wala na pong doble-doble na nagproprofile (It really helps to prevent duplication),” said Macalaba.   Quezon Guro also concurred that the Kathanor provided a smooth and organized process for the distribution of assistance.  “Talagang successful ang Kathanor kasi minsan sa isang pamilya kumukuha ng maraming Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card (DAFAC). Sa tulong ng Kathanor, natukoy kung sino talaga ang bibigyan ng tulong na ito (It succeeded in correcting the records, as some families were able to get several DAFACs and with the help of Kathanor, it is able to identify the families that really deserve help),” Guro said.  With the Kathanor, Guro believed that only the legitimate residents of Marawi would receive such assistance.   Meanwhile, TFBM Field Office Manager and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr. clarified that profiles registered for Kathanor are not deleted immediately.   “Hindi naman tayo nagdedelete ng walang dahilan. Kung ikaw ay naprofile, malaking chance at walang dahilan na hindi ka kasama. Unless na lalabas na hindi ka talaga taga-most affected area,” he said.  [We do not delete profiles without valid reasons. If you are profiled, there is a big chance and there is no reason that you will not be included.  Unless you are found that you are not a legitimate resident of the most affected area (MAA.]  Castro also said the TFBM would review the profiles that duplicate.  DSWD Undersecretary Felicisimo Budiongan also assured that the assistance would only be provided to the legitimate residents of MAA.  “We see to it na iyong mga karapat-dapat ang mabigyan ng mga tulong sa ating mga IDPs. Kami po ay kaagapay niyo sa pagbabalik ng inyong pamumuhay sa normal,” said Budiongan.  [We see to it that the assistance will only be given to the IDPs. We are here to support you as you go back to your normal lives.] Utilizing biometric authentication, the Kathanor collects the number, location, status and other characteristics of the head of households and members of Marawi.

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