Robredo lauds military for Marawi liberation

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo hailed the dedication of soldiers deployed to Marawi as President Rodrigo Duterte declared that the war-torn city is already "liberated."

"Sumasaludo po tayo sa tapang at dedikasyon ng ating mga sundalo at iba pang mga kawani ng gobyerno, at sa kanilang sakripisyo at kabayanihan para maibalik ang kapayapaan at katahimikan sa Marawi," Robredo said in her speech for the first anniversary of her anti-poverty program on Tuesday, October 17.

(We salute the courage and dedication of our soldiers and other government officials, and their sacrifice and heroism to restore peace and order in Marawi.)

Duterte earlier announced that Marawi City is already liberated from Islamic State-linked terrorists a day after the death of their top leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute on Monday, October 16.

During the closing ceremony of her office's event, Robredo asked participants, who included people hailing from the Islamic City, to applaud the development the residents have long waited for.

"Ang pagwawakas po ng labanan sa Marawi ay simula pa lamang ng mahabang proseso ng paghihilom at pagbangon muli," said the Vice President.

(The end of the fighting in Marawi is the start of the long process of healing and recovery.)

"Kaya ngayon higit na kinakailangan ang ating pagtutulungan at pagkakaisa para makamit ang tunay at pangmatagalan na kapayapaan," she added.

(Now, more than ever, cooperation and unity are needed to attain genuine and lasting peace.)

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) is among the agencies that offered immediate response to the victims of the Marawi crisis. Robredo has pledged aid from the OVP's development partners, including the construction of school buildings and provision of shelter kits. – Rappler.com

Patty Pasion

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