Robredo: ‘What will happen to gov’t funds, donations for Marawi rehab?’
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said many residents of Marawi City “could not get on with their lives” as they await for the next move for the restoration of the war-torn city.
Robredo, who recently visited Marawi City, made the statement following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration last week that rich businessmen could spend for the rehabilitation of the city.
The vice president, however, questioned where the donations coming from foreign governments and development agencies would go once Marawi businessmen spend for the restoration of the city.
“Ang unang tanong, anong mangyayari doon sa pondo? Anong mangyayari doon sa pledges saka sa mga donasyon?” Robredo said during her weekly radio show, BISErbisyong LENI.
“Ang pangalawa, anong gustong sabihin, ano iyong expense ng pag-hands-off ng pamahalaan doon sa rehabilitation? Kasi talagang iyon iyong hinihintay doon,” she added.
Robredo also asked if government programs launched in the city would still be continued once the businessmen take over in the rehabilitation.
“Kung matatandaan natin last year, noong nag-celebrate ng one-year anniversary after the siege, parang October yata iyon, may mga… parang may mga groundbreaking, may mga ni-launch na mga bagong programa. So siguro iyong tanong, ibig bang sabihin hindi na iyon itutuloy? O itutuloy pa din iyon pero may limitasyon?” Robredo said.
Robredo said the government must clarify Duterte’s statement since many residents are still clueless as to what would happen next in the city.
The vice president added that residents are waiting for job opportunities to be made available in the city.
“Ang pinakamahirap kasi doon, parang hindi maka-get on with their lives iyong mga tao, kasi hindi talaga nila alam kung ano iyong susunod na hakbang. Iyong hinihintay nila, magkaroon na sana ng, parang, panimula ng trabaho sa Ground Zero, kasi iyong hanapbuhay talaga ng karamihan sa mga tao nandoon,” Robredo said.
“Tingin ko iyong pag-iyak hindi lang iyon dahil doon sa nangyari, pero dahil mayroon talagang, parang, sense of helplessness saka sense of hopelessness kung saan papunta sila,” she added.
The Marawi siege, which prompted a bottle between Maute terrorists and government troops, started on May 23, 2017 and lasted for five months. /je
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