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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte welcomed the Maranao youngsters who are part of the Tabak Educational Tour: Peaceful Environment for Marawi Children on August 29, 2017 at the Reception Hall, Malacañan Palace.

In his speech, the President assured them that he would prioritize the construction of the schools and homes of Marawi residents. He also promised to rebuild their city and gave them hope that the war would eventually end soon.

“Ito ang ipinangako ko sa iyo na we will rebuild Marawi. Babaguhin ko ang Marawi. Ipatayo ko ang mga building ninyo at magkaroon kayo ng bagong pag-asa,” he said.

The educational tour also includes a visit to the Mind Museum and the Philippine Army. It aims to give the children an insight on a tranquil environment and let them experience peace-building activities.

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ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC 24/7) interviews Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, G7 of the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division.

“Community engagement with local government units and law enforcers is a significant help in rehabilitating war-torn Marawi City,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.


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Internally displaced persons who are sheltered at the Provincial Capitol in Marawi City received assistance from a medical mission organized by Joint Task Force Marawi and partners on August 16, 2017.

Children dependents of displaced families in the capitol were also treated with psychosocial activities from partners.

The said humanitarian mission benefited 305 evacuees.

Joint Task Force Marawi Commander Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista said: “Your soldiers are here for you to serve you, to maintain peace and protect our communities.”

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A humanitarian mission was conducted by Joint Task Force Marawi together with the Social Welfare Development Department and local government units in Malabang town, Lanao del Sur on August 12, 2017 for evacuees who are affected by the crisis in Marawi City.

The soldiers, DSWD staff, and local government workers delivered 1,700 packs of rice and goods to evacuees who are home-based and sheltered in an evacuation center in Madrasa II.

1,651 families with 5,670 dependents sought refuge in Malabang 73 kilometers (about 2 hours drive) south of Marawi City when the Maute terrorist group attacked the city on May 23, 2017.

On behalf of Malabang Mayor Raizol S. Balindong, municipal administrator Jerry Rakim received the assistance brought by seven trucks that arrived at noon.

Malabang Municipal Social Welfare and Development Chief Linang Pangkat led the distribution of the goods for the evacuees. She expressed her gratitude to those who supported the endeavor including the security sector.

Soldiers of the Joint Task Force Marawi and Teach Peace Build Peace representatives also conducted activities for children evacuees in Malabang.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command said: “We will always be of help whenever it is needed. Our Joint Task Groups Ranao and Tabang as well as the G7 of the Joint Task Force Marawi are incharge of all efforts that are geared to facilitate humanitarian activities for the evacuees from Marawi City.”

“Your Armed Forces will continue to serve the people and support other organizations whenever, wherever,” Lt. Gen. Galvez said.

Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division said: “Your soldiers will continue to conduct humanitarian missions to help everyone who were affected in Marawi.”

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Joint Task Force Marawi, 20 July 2017 – In an intimate manner without the usual formalities and festive atmosphere, President Rodrigo Duterte personally checked on our troops in the battle stricken Marawi City.

After numerous attempts in recent days, the Commander-in-Chief finally set foot in Marawi City on July 20, 2017 to personally assess the actual situation on the ground and provide inspiration to our troops.

“It is like a father checking on his sons and daughters who selflessly offer themselves to restore peace in Marawi City,” said Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi.

While the President delivered his message inside Camp Ranao to inspire our troops, exploding bombs, rockets, and gunfire are heard in the background. The President expressed his all-out support and gratitude to the troops who are at the forefront in the government’s campaign against rebellion.

“Fight for our country, I’ll fight for your rights. I urge you to continue to fight for your country and always remember that I will fight for your rights,” President Duterte said in his emotional message. He mentioned about how devastated he has been every night while reading the daily updates about our troops in Marawi.

The President emphasized that it is his intention to visit the troops while the fighting is still on-going, to make the soldiers and policemen feel that he is one with them and he is giving his full support to all of uniformed forces: “I grieve every time i learn that soldiers die everyday in Marawi.”

“I have to be here to visit you. Your life is not less important than mine. All of our lives are equally important. We are here to die for our country,” President Duterte said.

“I say a little prayer for those who have fallen. I grieve for all the deaths, both civilians and soldiers, especially that I was the one who made you come here,” President Duterte said.

Received by JTF Marawi Commander, Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, President Duterte was accompanied by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Office of the Presidential Adviser for Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año and Army Chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda.

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