Duterte to Marawi soldiers: There's life after Marawi
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he has put up at least P500 million for the welfare of soldiers wounded during the Marawi siege and other conflicts in the country.
Duterte said the funds would go to the housing and medical needs of wounded soldiers, especially those who lost their limbs fighting Islamic State-inspired terrorists.
The President said he wants to build a housing site for the wounded soldiers within the capital so it would be easy for them to go to the best hospitals for their therapy.
“Exclusively para lang ‘yan sa sugatan, requirements ninyo sa prosthetics or whatever. Including those who are wounded or rendered disabled in the other theaters of war, all throughout the country. ‘Yan ang asahan ninyo,” Duterte said during the launch of the Karne, Isda Supply Supporta sa Masa at Ekonomiya (Kiss Me) Project in Taguig.
“I want to build a village near here so that you’ll have the best therapy, training and access to the hospital and medyo mas malapit.”
The President said he would support efforts to give amputee soldiers training on new skills that would help build a new life.
“Gusto ko na mag-training muna kayo and gusto kong malaman ninyo na may buhay after Marawi, that there is life after Marawi,” he said.
“You might want to go to a computer training or whatever. And if you can be accommodated in the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) gain for a job that does not require moving around, I’d be glad to fund the program,” he said.
Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi City on October 17, a day after government troops killed terror leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.
On October 23, exactly five months since the siege erupted, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the battle in the city was finally over.
The conflict left much of the former commercial center in ruins and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents. At least 1,100 were killed, most of them terrorists.
Government troops continue to clear the main battle area, following reports that a few “stragglers” were still hiding in some of the buildings there.