Sulyap sa Hinaharap
(Ni Mac Cabreros)
MATAPOS ang dalawang taon, kumusta na kaya ang Marawi City?
“We are on our way to being well. We are finally learning what peace is all about,” pahayag ni Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra sa Week of Peace Festival bilang bahagi sa paggunita ng Marawi siege.
Hinikayat ng alklade ang kanyang mga nasasakupan at kababayan na makibahagi sa social healing program ng gobyerno.
“Peace starts with us. Peace must be realized,” pagdidiin pa ni Gandamra.
“In reality, it is you, the people of Marawi, who have inspired and strengthen my resolve to work for genuine and enduring peace,” pahayag naman Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr.
“Truly, I am very inspired to know that as we observe the Holy Month of Ramadan, you are using the occasion as an opportunity to reflect on the lessons of the Marawi experience and apply them to your daily lives. This is where the healing process can truly begin.”
Sinabi pa ng kalihim na makikinabang ang Marawi City sa itinatag na Bangsamoro region. “The opportunity for us to heal, rebuild, and recover is within reach. With the establishment of the Bangsamoro government, the fate of this beautiful city now rests not only in the hands of the new leadership but also in your hands. You now have the opportunity to play a key role in charting the course of Marawi’s future,” sabi ni Galvez.
Para marating ang dulo ng healing process, isinulong ng Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at Armed Forces of the Philippines, na alalayan ang mga natitirang miyembro ng Maute group na sumuko sa gobyerno.
“We are looking at the Basilan model, wherein members of the Abu Sayyaf, who have surrendered, where given proper interventions,” pahayag Col. Romeo Brawner, commander ng Task Force Ranao.
“What we are looking at it as the implementation of transitional justice and reconciliation here,” sabi naman ni Galvez.
Sa programa, gagamitin ng gobyerno ang mga sumukong Maute members para kausapin ang kanilang kababayan na iwasang magpalinlang at sumanib sa bandidong grupo at mag aklas laban sa gobyerno.
Nitong Oktubre 17 taon kasalukuyan binalikan at ginunita ang digmaang sumiklab sa Marawi City na bumura sa ganda nito kung saan pinulbos ng ngipin ng ilang libong bala at bomba ang mga bahay, ospital, paaralan, simbahan at iba pang istraktura . Nagmistula itong ‘ghost town’ at tinawag ‘ground zero’.
“We will never forget Marawi.” Bigkas ni Presidential Peace Adviser Galvez Jr. sa isang seremonya sa 103rd Infantry Brigade ng Philippine Army habang nakatayo sa harap ng monumento saan nakalilok ang mga pangalan ng 126 sundalong nalagas sa labanan.
“This is the time to remember their names one by one. I remember the time how they fought and how they died. I remember every name of those who sacrificed for the liberation of Marawi. This is one of the many ways that we can show to the people that we will always remember them.
Losing a hundred people is something you can never forget,” dagdag pa ng kalihim.
“In hindsight, I would like tell the people that this is the way…how soldiers [had] to give up their lives just to liberate Marawi from the clutches of terrorism. That’s the oath of the soldier and that we are ready to die for our country and for our people,” impit ang boses na dugtong ng Kalihim saka sumaludo. (May Karugtong)